March 24, 2010

What Now?

So what happens next now that the health care debate is finally over and done with? The bill is passed. It is actually passed. We can breathe again America (particularly if you have asthma). Over the next few years America's health care system will undergo some drastic changes that help us. Working people without health care will have health care within the next four years. That is really nothing short of amazing.

31 million people will be able to go to the doctor. To put that in perspective Iraq has a population of just under 31 million; Australia just under 23 million; Cambodia plus the Netherlands is just about 31 million. Unless you're a rich bastard your taxes won't go up either. How can anyone really be pissed about this legislation? Do you get mad because sick kids won't be denied coverage? Do you get mad because people will be able to stay on their parents insurance until they're 26? You sure can't get mad because we're essentially insurance a country the size of Iraq without your taxes going up while the deficit goes down. People are going to love this shit and are only going to want more.

It'll be a few years until people start to see all of the benefits and that is going to make the next couple years a bit difficult still. So what happens now on the political landscape? Here are my guesses:

2010: A major push for financial regulations begins now that health care is done. Another jobs bill likely before elections.

2010 Midterm Elections: Republicans probably pick up some seats but not as many as people think they will. The thing pundits don't realize is that Americans are fatigued by the bitterness of the health care debate and the perception that Democrats aren't getting anything done. The debate is over and Democrats passed the most important piece of domestic legislation since the 1960's. Change has come even if it wasn't pretty. Democrats retain majorities in the House and Senate although not the overwhelming majorities they currently hold.

2011-12: Education and energy reform start to pick up steam. Don't ask, don't tell will be gone forever. We'll be almost completely out of Iraq aside from some training and diplomatic staff. The economy slowly starts getting better although I doubt unemployment drops below 7%. It'll be a while before we completely recover.

2012: Obama wins again with decisive margins. The guy is just that fucking cool and everyone knows it. Can you imagine some Bush clone beating Mr. Cool? No fucking chance. He can't lose, we can't either.

That's my blueprint and prediction for the overall outline of American politics for the next 3 years. Pretty confident this is what will happen. We deserve to keep going in this direction.


  1. Congrats! :)

    I'm so glad that we (the Dutch) really have it together on health care, but to be honest, the US is a much larger country with lots of regional differences in populations and state laws to contend with.

  2. I am so overjoyed to finally have a president in office that I can respect, admire, and trust to do what's right!

  3. I soooo hope you are right with your predictions.

    I feel like I don't need to read the news anymore because your blog pretty much updates me on all the important stuff, and in a much more readable way. Much appreciated!

  4. I am pretty ignorant when it comes to anything that has to do with politics.. so feel free to laugh at me if this is a stupid question.
    But I am curious how this bill is going to effect those of us WITH insurance already?

    My husband is in the military so at the moment we probably have the best health insurance in the country. No co pays, at all. Everything we need is covered.

    I can't help but feel like perhaps somehow the quality of my insurance might go down so that it can be equal with whatever it is that they plan on offering those without.

  5. People are being fed so much crap right now about how this health care bill is supposedly going to ruin their lives. Sometimes it makes me question the country we live in. One step at a time I guess, and this was a big one. I'm liking your predictions.

  6. i am happy to give a little on my federal government health insurance that i am so lucky to have if it would help more people in the US have insurance...for those who are buying their own insurance for hundreds and thousands a month versus those of us with job paying much much less, it's the honorable thing to do.

    kills me that they talk on the news about how awful it is to require that all people carry health insurance and act like that's something so new and weird and (gasp!) socialist. why does no one ever bring up the fact that if you drive you have to have insurance? created to protect the rest of us, same as the health insurance concept. and hey, the more we take care of ourselves, the less we have to go to the doc in the first place.

    thanks for the optimism. hopefully obama doesn't wuss out on don't ask/don't tell or the energy/environmental issues. no such thing as 'clean coal' and 'clean nuclear'...

    woops i just commandeered your blog comment area...oh well...still waiting for the ecogrrl post you promised...heee heeee

  7. I do agree though. I wouldn't mind giving up some of my insurance to ensure everyone else can have some. I am just curious as to how it will all work.

  8. Dutch: Yea, I'm quite envious of that.

    Jo: It's cool isn't it?

    Holly: Don't worry I'm always right! That's a scary thought, me being a news source. I feel like Jon Stewart but taller.

    Naomi: You're insurance won't be affected at all. No politician would dare mess with the health care of those in the armed services so you're definitely safe. This only applies to private insurance not public insurance.

    I'll try to explain how it works essentially. I don't know if you've worked in the private sector or not in a job that has health care but this is how it works. A company counts up all it's employees and then negotiates with the insurance companies for the best rate. The more employees you have the more negotiating power you'll have and the better rate you'll get. Smaller companies therefore pay way more for insurance than big companies. What this does is put the uninsured into one big pool which will then give them the negotiating power of a company with 31 million employees which should get them much cheaper insurance than if they were to buy it on their own. I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.

    Eva: Yea, it was a hotly contested issue and I expect people will start liking it more soon now that the ugly process is over. Poll numbers are already going up on the health care reform bill.

    Eco: Yea, I'm with ya. But, from what I understand you won't be giving up any insurance we'll just all have access to the same federal exchange you have access too. That's my understanding anyway.

  9. As a self-employed mom of 3, I'm thrilled to know that within a few years I'll be able to afford healthcare again...and the joy of knowing my children have witnessed such amazing reform and such a dynamic role model in our Prez makes me hopeful for *their* future...


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