Health care on the horizon, despite Paul Ryan

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The United States of America is getting closer and closer to having a health care situation that mirrors the state of Wisconsin. Actually, that is good news. Projections for the current health care bill that will soon be presented to the Senate floor have 97% of Americans insured by 2015. By mandating individuals and businesses to purchase health care and subsidizing it for those who cannot pay, as well as expanding Medicaid to include more of the nation’s poor, our country just might finally deserve the term “developed nation.”

This is gearing up to be one of the defining moments of the Obama presidency. This is a topic that should not only be covered by the New York Times editorial board, but papers all across the country. The change represents a huge step forward for America – and if it is realized, it will never be taken away.

Just as Social Security remains a relic of the Great Depression, universal health care will be remembered as a worthy investment during times of economic hardship. With a Democratic president and huge Democratic majorities in Congress, the plan should pass, just as the most crucial aspects of the New Deal did 75 years ago.

Although the right has successfully railed against health care expansion far too many times in the past, its influence is clearly waning. It has nothing more to say except cite the timeless red herring of “government running your life,” as if the legislation proposes abolishing private insurers. Anybody who drinks that kool-aid either has clients to impress, or, in Ann Althouse’s case, readers to impress. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin’s own pathetic contribution to the next Republican presidential primary, has charged himself with the task of formulating the GOP alternative to FidelCare. Obviously, all Sconnie patriots were looking for their boy to come through in the clutch, however, somebody obviously forgot to tell Pablo that when you’re claiming to be a champion for the taxpayer, you’re plan should probably include the cost – at least in the footnotes. Apparently Ryan thought that writing “Patient’s Choice Act” on a piece of paper would put our concerns to rest. Oh, and cut taxes. That ought to do it.

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