“I didn't listen to the speech because I wouldn't understand it, so I read some reports and still don't understand what he's going to do. I don't intellectualize politics, I only know what I know, and I know I'm unemployed, pay a lot for a disgusting healthcare plan, and have absolutely no idea when I'll get another job, with not even a miniscule notion of what Obama said that will help me before my EDD runs out.
I guess I'm as self-centered as every other American, with a couple things on my side, that I'm single, debtless, have no dependents, have no liabilities beyond rent, and don't really need a future like married people with kids and mortgage do. So what exactly did Mr. Obama say he was going to do for us? Will it affect us soon? Huh?”
fdillon on Jan 28, 2010 at 06:03:15
“He really didn't say anything of substance in my opinion. I listened to the speech a second time on CNN thinking I must have missed something the first time. Shucks there was nothing there to miss.”
“I hope the health care plan is completely dropped, and Obama focuses on jobs. The health care plan isn't very good anyway, and certainly no better than my current plan, which is to take care of myself. Being unemployed, when I'm sick, as I am now with a cold/flu, I can spend days/weeks at home and in bed to cure myself. That's my health care plan. If I had a job, I would have a company plan and have visited a doctor to pump me full of inorganic meds, and I'd be on the job in a few days. So a job cures a lot of things: 1) financial hardship, 2) health care deprivation, 3) spending moratorium, 4) destitution, 5) government dependency, 6) etc. People need jobs, not health care!”
michelesda on Jan 21, 2010 at 18:33:58
“The economy needs health care to take the load off employers and stimulate the job market. We really do need a good health care reform bill and we need it now; the current senate bill just isn't it.”
beautyontheinside on Jan 21, 2010 at 18:33:11
“easy to say when you don't have cancer, or get in a car accident, or have a burst appendix.”
“I wanna see republicans get real angry and pseudo-dems such as lieberman defect, then it would show that Obama is doing something. Trying to please all yet pleasing nobody doesn't work. I guess the masses need to nudge Obama. There's a big nationwide rally in March. I'd like big, forceful rallies every month. Bush never paid attention to these rallies. Can Obama ignore his 2008 supporters leading these rallies?”
RAMstein on Jan 21, 2010 at 14:09:29
“Sure he can, and would. In fact, he'd laugh at them (us), as he has progressives since the day he got elected.”
“Wow, so many intellectuals commenting on this issue. I don't know the infrastructure of politics to comment intellectually. I'm more of an animal brain. What I know is that I'm unemployed with no employment prospects, and pay a hi-monthly out-of-pocket premium for lo-coverage (hi-deductible). [I essentially must take of of myself, with insurance in case of a street accident].
When I looked at the health care reform bills, I could not equate how my premium-deductible would improve, but I presume under any bill it will improve. [My current health care plan is a disaster]. So I have nothing to lose, and maybe something to gain. My only other option is no health insurance, and the last time I was uninsured, sure enough, I had a street accident, not my fault, fortunately, but I did have to pay something.
In terms of Brown winning, it won't affect me much, ditto if Coakley won. These are just proper nouns of wealthy Party people who can easily pay for good insurance. I don't know if anything would be different if McCain won. I'd like to think it could have actually been worse, that nobody would even consider "me" ("me" being all us neglected animals with pathetic out-of-pocket health plans, if any).
In 2008, the word "hope" was used endlessly. I still think there's some hope, as long as somebody in higher office is thinking about "me."”