2010-04-16 / Columnists

The Progressive

By John Paul Culotta

We have witnessed last month an historic achievement and probably an enormous victory for this nation – finally there is a health care delivery reform – even though inadequate. Unlike many other important economic and social advances (for example, Social Security, Medicare, the GI Bill, interstate highway construction) this achievement is the result of one party. Sadly, this has not been a bipartisan effort. I believe that the Republican Party may win in the mid-term election but when the nation understands that this legislation helps many Americans to have the access to health care, their opposition will become unpopular. Cost may be an issue in the near future and yet this nation cannot afford to be the only large economic power without a universal health care delivery system.

Now the question the Tea Party militants and Republican Party leadership must answer is: How can this nation survive without social justice? Many major industries will be able to compete more effectively in international trade when this legislation reaches fruition. Many Americans who were worried about their families’ health care now know they have the power of their nation’s resources to assist them. No longer will Americans lose insurance over pre-existing conditions. Adult children up to 26 years-of-age can still be on their parents’ insurance policies. This allows many to continue their studies – this may result in untold benefits to society.

Senior citizens will see immediate prescription coverage improvements. Abortions will not be financed by federal funds and this may be seen by many as a drawback but in no way takes the choice of abortion as a medical procedure away. I hope most women choose life over the sad decision of terminating potential life. All should consider abortion as a defeat to society because it often can be traumatic for the parties involved.

This historic vote may decide the future of American politics for generations. Our nation’s major reforms, after they begin to demonstrate positive effects, are embraced by the American people with a fierce passion.

Any politician who attempts to dismember Social Security is always met with defeat. Most senior citizens would be horrified if Medicare privileges are threatened. Republicans should evaluate if there are benefits to being the party of those who profit from inadequate health care coverage. Being the party that advocates for some entrenched insurance companies that profit from questionable practices may in the long run be the cause of longterm defeat. Using the state legislatures and courts in a manner of which the Confederacy would be proud may lead to a more divided nation and possible constitutional civil war. Our Democratic Party is savoring a long-fought victory. This nation owes the Obama administration thanks. Now, let’s attempt to end involuntary unemployment. A battle for social justice has been achieved. The war continues …

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