Getting the HCR vote on

At last month’s Drinking Liberally, I told one guest that we’d be seeing something soon on health care. As in, a vote.

About two weeks ago in the New York Times, Rep. Pelosi said that would be a vote within ten days. She’s on C-SPAN right now, in the lead up to the vote itself. I agree with what she’s saying about how having the law in place will be pro-entrepreneurial. It really is. I’m a bit of a serial entrepreneur, and the need for health insurance has been a big damper on that instinct.

But now, an imperfect bill is about to happen.

It ain’t perfect. It ain’t purty. The sausage-making of democracy rarely is.

It’s going to happen. If you think it’s worth rioting in the streets over, well, go for it. If you want your insurance company to be able to preemptively raise your rates or drop you from coverage… well, I’m not sure what your options will be once this goes into effect. (In 2014. Bah.)

We will not be reduced to a “socialist” hell because of it.

Congratulations, Mr. President, and to all the people with the courage to vote affirmatively for the bill.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.