Sunday, March 28, 2010
Obamacare is now law. Will this lead us to Armageddon or to the Garden of Eden? I confess that I haven’t read the bill, but then neither did the legislators who voted for or against it. Sure, the specifics are important, but what we really crave to know is what the score is. Who won and who lost? Indeed, the press feeds us daily with their ‘who’s up and who’s down’ reportage. They do it because we demand and consume it voraciously.
I wanted to give my spin on the winners and losers in the contest, but I was stymied. After considering the various players in the game, I realized that everyone won. The health care reform bill is the tide that lifts all boats. No one loses. See for yourself.
Entity Outcome Explanation
Hospitals Win! Millions of new customers
Trial Lawyers Jackpot! Do you need an explanation?
Pharma Win! Billions from doughnut closure
Uninsured Win! 32 million winners
Rush Limbaugh Win! 'Ditto head' material for years
Press Win! Partisanship is their mother's milk
President Obama Win! Pulled off a legislative triumph
Primary Care Docs Win! Will reap a windfall of pennies
Government Win! More power and control
Deficit Win! Dems guarantee it!
Health Care Costs Win! See above explanation
Affluent Americans Win! Pride in paying their fair share.
Medicaid Win! 16 million new members
Public Win! Perfect low cost high quality care
Tea Party Win! Awesome recruitment tool
The GOP Win! Wait 'til November
Congratulations to everyone for a spirited race and a great victory. There's room in the winner's circle for everyone. No second place finishers here. In the Obama Health Care Games, every contestant walks away with the gold.
Why, then, don't I feel victorious?
There are some choice words and phrases that I've left out of this post. Perhaps, if I were Vice-President of the United States, then I could fire off my verbal fusillade with impunity. However, as a small town blogger, I have to be more careful. I know that I'm not 'off mic'.