A typical morning for me usually consists of listening to either NPR or C-Span's "Washington Journal." Well this morning I woke up just in time to hear Steve Scully on "Washington Journal" mention that the media adored "gang of six" health care proposal from Sen. Max Baucus plans to include fines for individuals and families that do not purchase private health insurance, while simultaneously excising the notion of a public option (which is supposed to help drive down the overall costs of health insurance premiums).
As I've said in the past, I work for myself as a consultant. I am just starting out as my own boss, and I do not make enough yet to afford health insurance, especially insurance like I had a year ago (I won't even talk about the costs of COBRA; I laughed when I saw that bill). The very notion that this character wants to charge fines to the very people who are having difficulty affording health insurance from the off is friggin' insulting. This post over at "The Political Carnival" captures some of my feelings on this as well.
It is beyond offensive that people who have nothing to worry about in this health care debate (beyond campaign contributions), members of Congress, appear to be among the least sensitive or realistic in this discussion. Further, some within that "Greatest generation" have been painfully selfish in this debate as well. I wonder how many town hall protesters are recipients of governmental health care largess, whether it's medicare, social security or veteran's benefits?
I just hope that BHO can make something worthwhile happen after this speech tonight, because this whole debate has moved completely into the realm of the absurd.