At least according to the number of people talking about the health care reform last night on twitter and the amount of CSPAN Virgins like myself I can only guess that the ratings went through the roof. And to be honest the broadcast delivered in entertainment value. In all reality I really had no clue what was going on. But watching the passion of people yelling “No” and others interrupting speeches was laughable.
Apart from religion, politics is the most dividing thing for people. It goes as far as classifying things as right or left, liberal or conservative, and Yea or Nay (we live in the 21st century folks, English please). The passion that went into some of those tweets last night was amazing. It reminds me of something an old lady would say to me (I want to say my Grandma, but she has never said this to me) “if you read your Bible as much as you played video games you would know a whole lot about the Bible.” I think the same can be said about the passion that people put into blog post and tweets. Sometimes there is more passion and energy in saying something then actually doing something. I will be the first to say that I am very very very guilty of this. It is a shame that politics can bring out such passion and anger.
I am very torn on this issue.
Reasons I love this bill:
- People can get help that need help
- I can stay on my parents health insurance for a couple more years. Which in effect can be a negative thing (see this tweet and reasons why I do not like this bill number 3)
- Canada cannot make fun of us anymore
- Being a Women no longer means that you have a pre-existing medical condition (ask Nancy about that one)
- We are sticking it to the man (the insurance companies. except for they will just stick it back and raise insurance rates)
Reasons I DO NOT love this bill:
- Premiums rise out of control
- The issue is still not fixed
- I will not be getting married until I am 26 now because of the ability to stay on my parents insurance
- We will run out of doctors
- The ER will be flooded with people who have a cough (okay that might be a stretch)
In all reality this bill is great in theory.
Yahoo News had this to say:
Americans who lack it (health insurance), ban insurers from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions and cut deficits by an estimated $138 billion over a decade. If realized, the expansion of coverage would include 95 percent of all eligible individuals under age 65.
That sounds great, people will get help and no longer be held out of help because they have heart conditions or are born with pre-existing medical issues. But in all reality we know that someone will pay for all of this, most likely it will be tax payers.
Now I do not claim to be an expert about any of this stuff. Really I write this to bring up one thing that controls all of this passion and anger…FEAR.
The control of the unknown both in politics and religion cause people to say some crazy things. Stuff like “because of this bill passing Jesus is coming back” or things like “do we think we might actually pay attention and vote in the next election? Or are we just planning on being sheep?” That kind of stuff seems to be said in a great deal of emotion and really in fear.
Unfortunately fear has led us to do some crazy things. Remember September 11th 2001 and waiting in line for hours to get gas? Or how about the fear that if I do not act the right way or say the right things I will not go to heaven.
Fear causes people to vote for certain candidates and causes us to take stands against “religious” matters that causes us to choose sides and therefore separate people inside and outside the church.
Fear can control our lives.
Is there something that is happening right now that fear is controlling?