It’s after the fact now. The legislation will become the law. The bill is probably not as great as its authors and supporters will suggest. Nor is it likely to be as evil as its detractors insist. I haven’t read a single word of it, nor will I. I do suspect it is like most other legislation; put in place to keep the leaks of social order contained to a tolerable level.
For all its debate and discussion, I still suggest the issue (much) larger than what congress has been dealing with, is an issue of individual behavior and responsibility; that we depend on doctors, insurance companies, and pharmaceuticals excessively, and we consistently fail to take the proper precautions to keep ourselves healthy and functioning at a higher level. So very Americanly, our expectations of others far exceeds our willingness to act responsibly.
Whatever the fallout and consequences of this legislation will be, intended or otherwise, this can be a gut-check for American individual responsibility. We must first blame ourselves for all that has confronted us; for getting ourselves in the kind of physical condition that has created this dependency on doctors, insurance companies, and pharmaceuticals. We can next minimize the unintended consequences of this legislation by striving harder to minimize our dependency on these institutions.
Make clear, I am not speaking of actively confronting the diseases which have first confronted us. Rather, I speak of those diseases which we have sought and found by our own selfish, often reckless behaviors. These are the diseases which I suggest clog and decay the very important and institutions of medicine, insurance, and pharmaceuticals, and slow down the system’s capacity to address the former.
Our system of government and its mechanisms to maintain social order seem to work pretty well most of the time. What we so often dislike about the system and those elected officials who administer the system, is the system’s sinister accuracy in reflecting our own values and behaviors back upon us. rc