I’ve been telling you for some time that anyone who doesn’t support healthcare reform in this country has never had to use the health care system. Today I return after two days of having that involuntarily hammered home in a personal experience that went from an ambulance to the ER to the ICU, all accompanied by a hurricane of paperwork. Everything in the medical bureaucracy is done with handwritten records on paper. I’m surprised they didn’t hand me parchment and a quill pen. “Pray thee, fill out yon forms for ye records.” To get to the ER in this country, you first have to enter the 19th century. I’ll spare you the details of the ordeal. Suffice it to say that the worst part of the entire experience is that something similar evidently happened to Glenn Beck. At least I have the good sense not to videotape myself in the hospital bed while under sedation (video: You Tube).
Yes, I was in the ICU, heavily sedated. And at some point, I swear Alberto Gonzales came into the room and tried to get me to sign something. Honestly, I was so out of it that I may well have authorized wireless wiretapping. I guess I’ll never know. I’ll say this—I was never so heavily sedated that I would have accepted Max Baucus’s reform plan. While I was out Max came out with his long-anticipated healthcare proposal (source: Washington Times).
The proposal is the result of a year of preparation and months of intense negotiations. Unfortunately, I think the negotiations part must have completely undone anything the preparation part accomplished. Among many highly questionable provisions, under the Baucus plan families would be fined $3,800 for not having health insurance. Max! We asked you to get us health insurance, not to penalize us for not having it! It’s like having your house burning down, and when the fire department shows up all they do is fine you for improperly installed smoke detectors. Really, Max, what part of “affordable health insurance” do you not get? Don’t answer—it’s obviously the “affordable” part. The amazing thing is that the Baucus plan still isn’t bad enough for the Republicans to support it. Maybe they just reject anything called a “plan” on principle. I just know we have to come up something better than what we have… take it from someone who just had it.