Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thoughts on Health Care Reform

time for health care reform.jpgThe Senate health care reform bill is edging forward, and many are predicting that we may see a vote before Christmas. Media coverage has been dominated by debate over whether the Senate bill should pass, and this debate has largely been occurring within the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans have made it quite clear that they want no part of fixing America's health care system.

Some on the left point out that the bill, while imperfect, is better than nothing and represents an important step toward reform. Others argue that a bad bill could actually make things worse than the status quo and are now working for the bill's defeat.

Personally, I don't feel like I have enough information to make a sound decision one way or the other. I share the skepticism recently expressed about the quality and completeness of much what we have been hearing.

Assuming the Senate bill passes (which seems likely at this point), lawmakers must still work out the differences between the Senate and House versions. I hope that means that our elected officials will have another opportunity to improve the quality of the final legislation.

As a resident of the state of Mississippi, it bothers me that our Republican senators are merely playing politics on something as important as health care. It bothers me even more than many conservative Democrats appear to be doing the same thing.