, Newburyport, MA


July 6, 2013

Kicking the healthcare can down the road


“So much for states’ rights,” I said.

“So much for individual rights, but that’s the road we’ve been on for a long time,” Freddy said.

“It’s not been all that bad,” I said.

“It’s always in the eyes of the beholders,” Freddy said.

“Them that has, gets?” I asked.

“Short term, politically, yes,” Freddy said. “But long term down the road? Who knows? We get to deal with things by electing those we hope will look out for our interests. The problem with health care is we’re the sheep in pastures overloaded with turnstiles, sheep herders, and regulators, to say nothing of insurers who have something more than us in mind.”

“So we pass a law that has so many pages it’s a good bet most in Congress haven’t read it all, but never mind.”

“Well, that’s what the majority wanted,” I said.

“The majority wanted Obama to win,” Freddy said. “He wanted universal health care, so, apparently, did those who wanted him, but I doubt it. A lot didn’t want Romney.

“So, case closed?” I asked.

“No, case wide open,” Freddy said.

“Remember how it used to be when you were sick and the doctor would come to your house? You weren’t all that eager to see him, especially when he opened his case.

“That’s what’s going on in Washington, and it won’t be closed until November of 2016.”

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist.

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