Friday, April 09, 2010

Are We Done Yet?

Hardly anyone ever "wins" an argument. It rarely matters which participant is right or wrong, or even if there is an actual right or wrong position to take. Things usually end without minds being changed, some hard feelings, and just some unspoken agreement that we're tired of talking about this particular argument and are going to go argue about some other things for a while.

So, even though Health Care Reform was our Big Argument for the past year, it ain't over. We had a bill passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President. There was a lot of rage on the "losing" side of the argument for a few days, even though the sky has yet to fall as they predicted it would. But predictably, the argument subsided to different areas of the house, and for a little while other arguments are going to show up to replace it. That doesn't stop the mumbling and grumbling about it, though.

We're currently in the period of arguing about other things until the next time someone forgets a birthday or spends too much on a trinket, and then the big row will come back in force. Unfortunately, the argument will sound exactly like the one we had for the last year, because no one really learned anything the first go-round.

And that's why so many people are unhappy about health care/reform in this country. A lot of folks don't comprehend that we have a problem, and the ones who do can't come together on a really good way to fix it.

So, until we hash that out, we will continue to argue about how to install a broken system we can't afford in place of a ... broken system we can't afford.


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