President Obama Signs Health Care Reform Bill…

This morning I watched the live streaming of the President of the United States sign the health care reform bill into law! It was pretty exciting to witness such a historical moment in United States history. Read about it and watch the video at CNN.com. I know people have there own thoughts, opinions and feelings about this and that is quite all right. In United States of America we have freedom of speech which is a good thing. However the sheer ignorance of some people on the left AND the right is appalling. I can not understand why people can not just agree to disagree, call it a day and then go on about their business. Why must every political discussion or debate end up with name calling and insults? Some of the comments I read while watching the live feed were ridiculous!

Some people assume that if you do not have health care it is because you do not want health care. Really?? That is a pretty ignorant assumption. Others assume that if you do not have health care it is because you are to lazy to get a job and pay for your own health care. Hmmm, that one is ignorant too! Guess what I DO NOT have health care and it is not because I do not want health care or because I want a free ride or because I am lazy and cheap. I had a good job which paid pretty good money, BUT the pay was not good enough to buy my own health care, BUT the pay was not low enough to qualify for any sort of assisted health care. I had another job which paid an okay salary but since it was an INTERIM position and not permanent I could not get health coverage through the company. Oh, then I got laid off, so yes, you guessed it STILL no health coverage. And unemployment does not cover health care. Now I am self-employed and STILL can not afford health care.

I have a daughter who just graduated college! YAAAYYYY! But, she is a college graduate, searching for a job and she has NO health coverage! So as you can see all types of people have all types of issues. It is sheer ignorance to generalize EVERYONE and presume that you know what their issues are, when you do not!
Employed or Unemployed; Sick or Healthy; Insured or Uninsured; This is OUR AMERICA! It needs to work and be livable for ALL of us! That is why watching the President of the United States sign a health care reform bill was so important! It may not be perfect, it may not work for everyone, but at least it shows that he is willing to work on it.
This is AMERICA, everyone will not get what they want BUT maybe we can at least get what we need!

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Atasha
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 12:27:33

    Like I was reading yesterday. For many of these haters and people who are protesting, it is not about the healthcare bill or the fact that they do not agree with what is being done. You know some people just need any reason to spread their hate and show their racist face. The recent events of name calling and all that nonsense just proves it. It's just ashame that even though we've come a long way, in some ways we really haven't

  2. mema
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 16:31:37

    Health care reform has been a need in this country since WWII, for the same reasons that Social Security was instituted; because there are people in this country who have needs that they can not by themselves fulfill.Isn't it a shame that we keep showing the world that we are willing to help ANYONE except Americans. That's sad. I thought charity began at home and then spread abroad.

  3. Villager
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 17:56:12

    I appreciate your commentary and your insights on why 47 million people don't currently have health insurance. I'm self-employed and not in position to afford it at this point. I'm blessed that the mothers of my 3 children are employed by federal government and as such have excellent coverage for the children.I'm glad that President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi stuck with this health care reform process. They both deserve the accolades that are coming their way.peace, Villager

  4. Preston
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 18:55:49

    THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!Not one day in anyone's life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down's syndrome child.Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness – even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile – reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined – those dead, those living, those generations yet to come – that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength – the very survival – of the human tapestry.Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction, so often yearn are already with us; all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY!Excerpt from Dean Koontz's book, "From the Corner of His Eye". It embodies the idea of how the smallest of acts can have such a profound effect on each of our lives.

  5. Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 19:40:05

    I can't afford health care and I'm not sure this bill will help people in my spot right away, but I was glad to see the bill pass, and have been somewhat dismayed by the tactics that were used to try to stop it. You're right, "it was so important!"

  6. heidi
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 19:43:16

    I need to read over exactly what the health care will be doing but I do know that this is progress and that health care is one of those things everyone deserves to have. While nothing is perfect I feel proud that change is coming. Great post!

  7. Don
    Mar 26, 2010 @ 12:24:54

    You pretty much said it all with the closing statement. Our needs are much more important than our wants. I think people underestimate how well this health care will fare out. It has it's downfall, as far as fines and what not to those who refuse it altogether.But no different than breaking the law – littering, speeding, etc. I think it's a great idea and long overdue for America, no matter what GOP members say. It is sheer ignorance to generalize EVERYONE and presume that you know what their issues are, when you do notAgreed, agreed, agreed!

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