You can always count on Vice President Joe Biden for a laugh. After introducing President Barak Obama at this morning’s signing of the healthcare bill, Biden turned to President Obama and commented, “This is a big (bleeping) deal!”
And even though the Vice President wasn’t particularly eloquent, he’s right: We’re living in a different world tonight. The plan isn’t perfect; I am personally concerned about the cost. Unless we’re very careful, this has the potential to backfire like a misused credit card, with costs snowballing and no chance to catch up because of the interest payments.
But it does a lot of good, too. Children with pre-existing conditions can’t be turned down for insurance coverage any more. A lot of parents of Cardiac Kids – and other children with Pre-existing Health Conditions – can sleep a little easier tonight. In 2014 Adults with pre-existing conditions will be able to buy insurance too, but for the moment we have to wait 90 days before we can buy into an insurance pool or a subsidized program and obtain insurance. It’ll be more expensive than “normal” insurance, but we ought to be used to that by now. CHDers never seem to take the easy way out.
But with the stroke of a pen (several pens, actually. Presidents usually sign major legislation with multiple pens, giving most of them away as souvenirs. President Obama used 22 different pens in signing the Health Care bill earlier today.) the world changed.
It is a big bleepin’ deal.