I have a short patience fuse for ignorance and superstition, whether willful or unfortunate. In a country where the loudest voices, irrespective of education level, are pushed to the front of the public opinion line, I consider myself challenged every day of my life.
This week, the results of a poll conducted this month were released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In response to the question “As far as you know, which comes closest to describing the current status of the health reform law that was passed last year?”, a staggering 48% either thought that PPACA had either been repealed or simply did not know the status of the law.
I try to think of myself as a teacher of sorts. I sit here, in the man-cave that is my work area, bringing useful information to the world, relating to health care and the world at large, twice a week. I’m empowered by the energy that becomes the power of facts. I long ago turned off cable news and their many offshoots in an attempt to gain greater understanding, rather than a far greater number for my systolic blood pressure. It appears that all of my hard work, self-reflection and vocabulary rattling has gone for naught.
So let me try to tear down the walls around the uninformed. PPACA, as it stands today, February 25th, 2011, remains in place and on schedule to be largely implemented in 2014. Yes, on January 31st, a federal district judge in Florida (much like a judge in Virginia prior to him) ruled that PPACA was unconstitutional, but three other federal judges have ruled that the law is indeed constitutional, including one judge three day ago. Until the Supreme Court rules on the legality of PPACA, the law is in force, and will be so until such a day comes to pass.
The problem with our news media, as it is currently configured, is that the truth is buried under twin towers labeled “AGENDA” and “OMISSIONS”. As an example of the latter, while reading an article on an online website this week, I came across a headline at the bottom of the page stating “Neil Young Dead at 66″. Now I could have gone off half-cocked and told everyone I know that one of my favorite musicians just died and gathered everyone for several beers and a sing-along, but instead I clicked through to the story. As you can see by following the link, it pays to have curiosity and click through to the story. The beers will have to wait.
To believe that the law is not in effect because a couple of lower level judges say so speaks to a wide-ranging ignorance of how the judicial branch of government operates. Might I suggest that those who either think the law isn’t in effect or have no idea start with buying a civics textbook.
Sharing this information won’t stop people from burning down their own houses, crossing against the lights or even begin to assist them in finding Canada on a map, but I feel that any help I can provide to give people knowledge is a help. I’m not a part of some cabal trying to destroy the country from within. I’m just informed.