I’ve been sick with a slight fever all week, so maybe I just don’t understand what’s going on regarding the proposed Health Care Reform bill, but here’s what I see as of this date.

To cut to the chase, I believe the proponents of this bill are, as my British colleagues might say, barking mad!

As I understand it, they propose to FORCE people to BUY insurance and then CLAIM they’ve expanded coverage for millions.

Yes, read that again. The United States Senate is proposing to force people to pay for-profit companies for what are basic services in first world, civilized countries (such as Sweden). When you hear the term mandate, they aren’t talking about wide-stance Republicans, they’re talking about taking money from the pockets of poor people and giving it to insurance companies.

Here’s a fact: most folks that I know that don’t have insurance or adequate health coverage can’t afford it. How can you force poor people to buy something they can’t afford? Rent or groceries will always come ahead of insurance when you run out of money before you run out of month.

Scratch that. How can you force any American to buy a product from a for-profit company? It truly is unthinkable to me.

Sadly, and I’ve said this before, we know the answer. Senators do not vote for the interests of their nominal constituents; they vote for their true constituents, those who help get them elected. Party affiliation has no bearing on this.

Or maybe it’s just that democrats don’t know how to act when they’re in power. They seem to be much more comfortable being in the minority (at least then they have an excuse for not doing anything, and a real reason to ask for money).

And they wonder why they wear the tag of “spineless.”

All this brings to mind the old question Ann Landers used to ask: “are you better off with him or with out him?”

And to that question there’s no doubt in my mind. So I’ll still vote the way I’ve always voted, but the checkbook is closed.