Merry Christmas From the U.S. Senate
The United States Senate has bestowed the Best Ever Christmas gift on the American people: Health insurance for all of us. Well, some. But at least it’s a done deal. Er, probably. Maybe.
Finally, we’ll have a government-paid health insurance option for those who have been, oh, ahem, I mean, well, we’ve got that huge Medicare expansion that even Joe LIEbermann was in favor — oops, scratch that.
OK, but if an insurance company places limits on how much medical care a patient can receive, those limits have to be “reasonable.” And any insurance company that denies coverage because of a pre-existing condition — well, they’ll get a stern talking-to. And if they do it again, they’ll get an even harsher reprimand, and this time they’ll get glared at and everything.
But hey, this is just a first draft. After all, look at how fast this bill went blitzing through Congress. After a mere ten months of debating, shouting, lying, namecalling, orchestrated “demonstrations” arranged by HMOs — Presto! We’ve got a health care reform bill. Whew! Any faster and our heads would be spinning.
Yes, this magic Christmas present looked a lot better before we unwrapped it. Batteries not included. Warranty invalid in the following fifty states…
But it’s the thought that counts.