If so much as one story emerges where a sick or dying child is denied insurance in this new era of health insurance reform, then the American public will have good reason to question the whole process.
It's a new day in America. We can finally hold up our heads in the company of other developed nations that afford all their citizens the right to healthcare. In particular, it's a good day for our children and youth.
With their anger and vitriol, Republicans and Tea Partiers are banking on Americans rejecting health insurance reform. But their plan is in peril. Americans appear to be embracing hope and change in health care.
All we can do is see how it works. If things don't really change for the better and Democrats remain in the majority in Congress maybe we can come closer to the Conyers bill, and hear the sleeping dog bark.
I'm an American living with and fighting cancer. I don't much care about what new policy means for politicians. I care about real-life results. Sunday's vote was only the very start of a vitally important process.
Much attention is being paid to transparency, but there is another word receiving less attention that is equally important: transcendence. Healthcare is an issue that should by any calculus transcend politics.
Without pro-choice elected leaders voting for reform, we would not have anything to celebrate; however, the health care bill is an example of legislation that allows women to be the object of discriminatory practices.
Now, Americans with pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied coverage. No longer will insurance be too expensive for individuals and their families to afford. That's why I voted 'yes' on Sunday.
I'll be taxed heavily on the value of my coverage. It'll be about seven thousand after-tax dollars a year out of my pocket. And I couldn't be happier about it. That seven grand is going to help provide insurance coverage for 32 million people.
There is too much good in the health care bill to let this opportunity slip through our fingers. There will still be many problems in need of fixing, but this is an excellent foundation upon which to build.
I'm so convinced that the private market will make everything better that I think we should do it across the board. Let's start with firecare. Why should I pay for firecare services for people who are dumb enough to start fires?