The root of the entire problem can be traced back to one simple issue: Is health care something that we as a society think should be provided to everyone, rich and poor, young and old, citizen and visitor?
Or should we as a society decide that some classes of humans do not deserve the protections we afford pets and livestock by law? If that isn't the ultimate involvement of business and government in our private lives, I don't know what is.
Don't squawk about costs _ we already spend more per capita on sick-care than any other nation on Earth. We don't need to spend more, we need to spend more wisely.
Don't be surprised if the final bill comes out with no public option, slashes women's rights and produces only a ban on pre-existing conditions and a mandate coupled with subsidized payments granting insurance companies access to public coffers.
Such a catastrophe would further entwine both the insurance industry and the religious right into the federal government, and let all the politicians off the hook with "we gave you health-care reform, just the way the public wanted it."
With their snouts in the trough, insurance companies will get fatter and more uncontrollable. With their morals anchored between our mothers', wives' and daughters' legs, the religious right will be a big step closer to bringing back wire coat hangers.
If this is the shape of the final bill, then voters who can remember what real reform could have been will face a test of their faith and be forced to withdraw their support.
Doing NOTHING is wiser than handing over more control to the greedy and the true believers. Voters who want real reform will have to do an about-face and tell their representatives that we are not fooled by this lipstick plan. This will be a very bitter pill to swallow, but better a bitter pill than the poison being cooked up in the Capitol.