Congress gave final approval to legislation that would provide medical coverage to tens of millions of Americans and remake the U.S. health care system along the lines proposed by President Obama.
Tip to pedantsareus for the video.
Hearing the religious individual talk about Government not giving us rights, but God giving us rights set me to thinking. I think it is a pretty offensive idea actually. If God gives us rights than he must really hate Koreans. The generations enslaved people that most all of us have in our ancestry would all have been the victim of some cruel act of neglect from God. As I think about it more I think that what is true is that no one or organization or individual can really give you a right. Not the Government and certainly there is zero evidence that a God has tried to give us anything. Similarly I think we hear a lot about the Government taking away our rights.
The truth is that every human and organization that has not agreed to live with you civilly will deny you your freedom. The only the way to maintain and rights and freedoms come from the fight we mount to maintain them. The Bill of rights is simply a commitment to wage a common struggle.
Insurance companies have conspired to take liberty from so many when they are at there most vulnerable in pursuit of their own profits. How can we counter such a force? How can we ensure that our own quest for basic survival and health can't be used to take the promise of comfortable living and potential prosperity from our families?
The simple answer is that we must engage those that would take our liberty through a coordinated effort.
The bill that just passed the US House and Senate is far from perfect, perhaps some distance from good, but it is the manifestation of our collective effort to ensure our freedom. I am glad that we have gotten this far and agreed on this much. I hope we don't take very long to rest.
Yesterday those opposed to healthcare reform rallied in front of Congressman Jim Matheson's office, today it was those in favor.update: Matheson to vote no.
Healthcare supporters 03/20/10 I estimate the crowd at 300-400, perhaps more:
Healthcare opponents 03/19/10: The Tribune estimated yesterday's crowd at about 50.
tip to Jim