Yep – the Congenital Heart Futures Act is getting steamrolled, and there isn’t a heck of a lot we can do about it.
Health Care Reform is pretty much THE topic of discussion in the halls of Congress these days. Nothing else matters, everything else is off the table until the Health Care issue is settled. I don’t know enough about Congressional procedure to know if a bill “expires”, so I don’t know if we’ll have to trek back to Washington and lobby for it again. My contact person who would know these things is on vacation; she deserves a break, her organization just finished a major meeting and lobbying effort of their own. Like the McDonald’s advertisment, she deserves a break today!
But if it turns out that we have to get in there and do it again, count me in! And I’ll take my laptop with me and bring Funky Heart readers along for the ride. And hopefully we’ll answer the question, How many funky hearts does it take to move Congress?
But what I am worried about is the aftermath of the Health Care Reform debate. Battle lines are being drawn and it looks like both sides are getting ready for a fight. I’m concerned that after the reform effort the atmosphere is going to be so toxic, that nothing even remotely connected to health care will seriously be considered. And that could leave us out in the cold – for quite a while. And we don’t need that to happen.
But that’s why mechanics explore junkyards – sometimes a part borrowed from that wrecked clunker is exactly what you need to rebuild that dream car and make it run. Our surgeons cut us open, looked at our defective hearts, and figured out a way to made them work correctly. It ain’t perfect, and some of us seem to be held together with “baling wire and bubble gum” – but we’re still going!
We’ve been down this road before, and if we have to, we’ll piece something together and make it work!