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Unintended Consequences and Rush to Health Care Reform
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by Ken in South Pleasanton
on Jul 16, 2009
How many times in the last year have you read reports about the "unintended consequences" of poorly thought out legislation, including the Bush and Obama rush to infuse the economy with stimulus monies. I'm worried that the rush to approve a health care 'reform' bill in the next two weeks (to allow the Senate and House to take their normal August break) does not allow enough time to thoroughly debate, refine, and consider unintended consequences of this multi-trillion dollar debt it will put on us and future generations. An example of unintended consequences can be found in the stimulus package feature that increased the unemployment benefit by a mere $25 per week. For many people, this raised their income to a level enough that removed them from the food stamp program. That extra $25 per week was not enough to make up for the loss of food stamps, and there was nothing the food stamp administrators could (or would) do to correct the problem. It was an 'unintended consequence' of a bill rushed to approval without full consideration. Don't get me wrong, I'm concerned about the state of health care in our country. I just want to make sure that we have all had a chance to debate the various proposals, make sure the bill is not loaded with pork add ons, and that all the scenarios that could lead to 'unintended consequences' have been thoroughly vetted. I'd hate to be a health care delivery person who has to tell a patient that their inability to get the care they need is an 'unintended consequence' of our leaders' rush to vacation time.
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