Two emails were forwarded to me last week, the messages insisting that the revelations they contained be sent to absolutely everyone I know. One message cited numerous provisions of H.R. 3200, the Affordable Health Care Choices Act, purporting to reveal aspects of the legislation that had somehow passed under the country’s collective radar. The other email claimed that provisions of the bill provided pro-suicide counseling for those of us unfortunate enough to have turned 65.
The haste to impose government health care has led to wild speculation as to whether proponents will extend benefits to illegal immigrants. Section 246 of House Bill H.R. 3200, “No Federal Payment for Undocumented Aliens,” blocks affordability credits to those residing within our borders illegally. However, these individuals were included in the figure of 46 million uninsured that was used in the PR rush to promote this legislation, raising questions as to whether the intent is to exclude illegals, or to only appear to exclude them for the sake of garnering public opinion and forcing the reform bill through Congress.
I was reading Friday morning’s updates on the House fracas over H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,” and began to feel a curious sensation in my throat, as if I were choking on something very large and unpalatable that refused to go down. The more I read, the more the sensation bothered me.
When you set out to solve a problem, a good place to start is defining what the problem is. Very often, when the real problem facing you reveals itself, it turns out to be a very different beast from what you first thought you were dealing with.
Government does not usually address problems in this fashion, and is anything but methodical, though the slow pace of progress in constructing legislation might cause you to believe otherwise.