Thursday, August 6, 2009

If I could have asked Steve Kagen a question

Obviously, the unruly crowd at Kagen's town hall prohibited any meaningful dialogue. But if things had been otherwise, I would have asked Kagen this:
Earlier tonight when responding to a question, you indicated that H.R. 3200 did not allow for federal funding of abortion. If that is the case, then why did Representative Bart Stupak, a Democrat who represents the U.P., feel the need last week to offer an amendment to H.R. 3200 to explicitly prohibit funding for abortions.
Given the party and regional similarities between these two Representatives it is a little more than disconcerting how they can read the same bill and come away with two diametrically opposed understandings of what the bill does and does not allow.

Basically, that is the real problem with the current health care reform proposals. They are too long, too complicated, and utterly incomprehensible.

Those that support reform would do well to remember this and perhaps think twice before demonizing those that are opposed to the current proposal. Perhaps they are right to oppose it, since it doesn't seem anyone, including the people that are going to vote on it, understands exactly what this bill will mean in the real world were it to become law.

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