The Democratic Senate couldn't lead my great Aunt Hattie's corset back into the closet at the end of the day. The 'leadership' of Senator Reid is the personification of limp / wimp. AND the lack of leadership from the White House, exclusive of Rahm Emanuel's little conversations with Joe Lieberman, the insurance Senator, leaves me dumbstruck. And to boot, there is nothing good in the sliced down version of HCR that essentially does nothing for thee or me but does ensure the insurance companies a healthy future in the mandatory payments via you and I, the taxpayer. For those who would say, "but it's a step in the right direction and that's how Medicare was brought in and changed"... I spent most of last night and this morning reading historically on that and what is in this proposed bill now. Bullshit. Medicare has been used in state cases to conform to certain payment options and nearly every time to the benefit of a corrupt medical system spun by insurance companies. Medicare is the same. It's a good coverage if you are destitute in comparison to well heeled insurance recipients. I know, I dealt with my mom's insurance when she was diagnosed with cancer. She paid $700 + a month (in 1988!!!) to make sure her 'million $ blanket' coverage did not rob her estate. This new bill will help that kind of have / have not medical coverage along. Those of us who do have anything left, after eight years of Republican fuckery in the finance world (which is starting right back up again btw), will be ever yet filing for bankruptcy, watching our children be denied coverage for the 'get around pre-existing' clause that is in the new improved Senate HCR bill, suffer the damage of payout of a quarter plus of your family (or independent) yearly income to medical coverage that at the end of the day will still be able to slip by you with non coverage in certain case by case situations. There is no such thing as good health care in the United States of America, fiscally.
The enthusiasm for our Democratic leadership has eroded to nearly nothing left with independents, the liberals and the progressives are edgy enough to be irked. When you take a good hard look at what has happened in the United States in the last year, the good things our President did manage to put into law are simply way out weighed by the lack of what he even campaigned to do...remember 'public option' Mr. President? And it's not just the passing of a horribly mangled bill that was the dream of Ted Kennedy and them of like quality... it's the way of politics in Washington since Mr. Obama has taken office. How's that bi-partisanship working out for ya, sir? It's costing him a primary...bet on it. No doubt in my mind that President Obama is one of those few brilliant who has walked into the oval office... I am just left in numb wonder at what he thinks he's getting done? He did forestall economic collapse, he's done a fine job of renewing the worlds' view of who we are at our best and his words are meant for the ages...he's brilliant and able. So, why is he allowing this to happen? This awful awful bi-partisanship bullshit that has stalled lawmaking and reform (you know, CHANGE?) in DC? And this horrible atrocity called Health Care Reform?What he said!
For those of you who are not familiar with the french phrase; "qu'ils mangent de la brioche", roughly in english it translates as 'let them eat cake'. The situation in which this phrase was born was during the height of famine in Louis XVl's France. As the poor, and even, the once enabled tradesfolkcrowded the streets beseeching their King and in search of food for survival, the King's wife (Maire Antoinette) replied as she was told of her people's destitution, " qu'ils mangent de la brioche"....LET THEM EAT CAKE. It is with a complete awareness in the comparison between tales that I titled this posting. For those who might compare my attitude / missive with the crazed and cackling mumbles punctuated by clicking knitting needles to swear, "Off with their heads!!" so often remarked by Madame Defarge, BRING IT ON!
She represents, archetype wise, one of the Fates. The Tale of Two Cities begins with such timeless, Revolutionary apropos' ... "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times"... and as we began 2009 it was so. As 2010 quickens and we wonder what will happen next...."the worst of times" resounds.
But I sill HOPE.