Friday, November 27, 2009

What was the rush?

"As details emerge about the healthcare reforms advancing through Congress, Robert Rabinowitz, an uninsured Miami Beach real-estate agent, is getting increasingly concerned. Both the House and Senate bills propose delaying the most important components until 2013 or 2014. "That's a crock," said Rabinowitz, 57. "Why should they make people wait so long? We need something done now."

If they're going to spend months trying to convince people of the need for the immediate passage of healthcare reform to avert an impending crisis and the implosion of the healthcare system, they shouldn't be surprised when the people they convinced are angered that reform phases in years down the road.

It's more obvious than ever that the rush to pass healthcare reform now was political (the need to pass healthcare reform while supporters control all branches of government) and had little to do with any immediate crisis, with improvement of the healthcare system, or with any economic concerns.

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