So in today's notable news, Bill O'Reilly has said that he backs the public option.
I am in so much shock that I actually agree with BILL O' MUTHAFUCKIN REILLY that I don't even know what to do with myself. Does he know something I don't? Is the world ending? Has the apocolypse begun? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE AND WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME QUESTION MY BELIEFS BILL O' MUTHAFUCKIN REILLY?
Anyhow, after I read this, I saw a comment on Digg that is probably one of the best comments I've ever read there:
I am a conservative.
This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy.
I then took a shower in the clean water provided by a municipal water utility.
After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC-regulated channels to see what the National Weather Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration determined the weather was going to be like, using satellites designed, built, and launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
I watched this while eating my breakfast of U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected food and taking the drugs which have been determined as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
At the appropriate time, as regulated by the U.S. Congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-approved automobile and set out to work on the roads build by the local, state, and federal Departments of Transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank.
On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the U.S. Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.
After spending another day not being maimed or killed at work thanks to the workplace regulations imposed by the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health administration, enjoying another two meals which again do not kill me because of the USDA, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to my house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and Fire Marshal's inspection, and which has not been plundered of all its valuables thanks to the local police department.
And then I log on to the internet -- which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration -- and post on Freerepublic.com and Fox News forums about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can't do anything right.
I'm pretty sure that anyone who reads this blog (all 3 of you!) most likely have similar views to my own, but in case some of you don't, or maybe just are not sure of the details on the health care debate, check the following facts:
-The Washington Post has already reported that the Lewin Group, which the Neocons all state is an "independent, nonpartisan" think tank, is owned by UnitedHealth, one the country's largest health insurance companies. The Lewin Group's research has heavily influenced the health care debate, and has scared most people into thinking that health care reform is a bad idea. OF COURSE a health insurance company will be against health care reform!
-Also just FYI, I don't understand this whole idea that got planted into people's minds that Medicare was going to change or be run by a new entity under health care reform. Medicare is ALREADY RUN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT! So are the VA hospitals!
-The original health care proposal had the following items of interest on it:
No more coverage denials because of your age or pre-existing conditions;
Decent, guaranteed benefits like members of Congress get;
A cap on what you pay out of your pocket so no one faces medical bankruptcy;
A national insurance market with more choice, clear pricing and no hidden costs; and
Discounts on polices for those who can’t afford coverage.
As important, if you have insurance through your job that you like, you can keep it. But if you lose your job or you want to launch your own business you will always be able to get good coverage.
This is SRS BIZNES to me because I've been denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, I've had to pay a lot of money out this year (Somewhere between $1000 to $1500) for medical costs for shit I had to take care of. And lastly, before my health insurance started on my new job, I was informed that to get COBRA through my old job it would be $500 a month at the VERY LEAST. $500 for just me! That shit was insane! So I personally would love to see some kind of health care reform happen because I know for ME, the average working person who does not have a lot of disposable income and is saving for a wedding, would really love to not have to pay so much money out of pocket just so I can get to a place where I'm healthy.