So far I have been having a wonderful spring break. I got to see two plays (The Illusion and Rent), went to a comedy club last night and saw Robert Hines (hilarious), and best of all, I got to observe one of the greatest political moments in this country since I became old enough to vote. I watched President Obama sign the healthcare bill and it truly was a sigh of relief (for awhile I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen or not). I am glad that this bill can positively influence over 32 million American lives. However, there of course will always be criticism and there of course will always be Vice-president Biden saying something inappropriate, that I usually like.
This time Biden’s faux pas came in the context of profanity. When introducing the president in what could possibly be one of the most formal situations within his position, of course Biden says “This is a big fucking deal.” Now I have an interesting history with profanity. All through my childhood I did not curse. Mostly because I was afraid of my dad (his whoopings were no joke), but also because I always thought there were enough words in the English language that cursing could lend itself to more intelligent vocabulary for communicating. However, in 10th grade I gave it a try. I spent a week using curse words, and I came to the conclusion that they make life easier. People understand you better, some people listen faster, and others know when you’re serious once you use a curse word. So I cannot fault Joe Biden for wanting to express his joy/excitement through a word that seems to be less than appropriate.
Overall it still amazes me to read the comments that people write on the Internet articles. (See any yahoo, CNN, or MSNBC e-article.) It still baffles me to see people hate something that they are so ignorant about. I usually just dismiss them as “uninformed individuals” but today I have decided to create the “kings and queens of the uninformed.” Here are our top three winners, followed by the informed information that these people will hopefully one day read.
Uninformed person #1. “Obama has put the nation on a slippery slope toward socialism.”
The Facts: According to a report last month from Medicare “The Republican myth is that the government is for the first time going to take over the health care sector,” said economist Joe Antos of the business-oriented American Enterprise Institute. “The takeover was probably largely accomplished in 1965 with the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Since the early days, Medicare has called the shots on a lot of policy issues that private insurance fell in line with.”
Uninformed person #2. “Oh great, now my tax dollars are going to pay for other people’s abortions”
The Facts: The bill segregates private insurance premium funds from taxpayer funds. Individuals would have to pay for abortion coverage by making two separate payments; private funds would have to be kept in a separate account from federal and taxpayer funds. No health care plan would be required to offer abortion coverage. States could pass legislation choosing to opt out of offering abortion coverage through the exchange.
Uninfomred person #3. “This Bill is only going to help Immigrants and lazy people”The
Facts: Illegal immigrants will not be allowed to buy health insurance in the exchanges — even if they pay completely with their own money.
I can only hope that people use the power of reading more; it is amazing what clarity can come form it. But I guess when we still live in a country full of conservatives and liberals there will always be people ready to find any small disagreement just people of fundamental principles. I can only hope that people see the good that this bill will bring. (and if they don’t, it wont matter, the bill passed.)