September 14th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Political   Comments Off on OBAMAS HEALTH CARE REFORMS
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US President Barrack Obama addressed the joint session of the Congress on Wednesday pressing for the need to improvise the existing health care system in the country. This was perhaps his best ever speech ever made by him, before or after becoming the President of United States.

He said and I quote, “From the moment I took office as President, the central challenge we have confronted as a nation has been the need to lift ourselves out of the worst recession. But,  even as we have made progress, we know that the road to prosperity remains long and difficult. We also know that one essential step on our journey is to control the spiraling cost of health care in America since World War II”.  He further added that “Make no mistake: the cost of our health care is a threat to our economy. It is an escalating burden on our families and businesses. It is a ticking time-bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America. Reform is not a luxury, but a necessity”.

He also said that the past Presidents had also tried to bring about reforms in health care but could not do so. He reiterated that he will be the last President to do so; there will be no need hereafter was amply implied. It was also made very clear to the people that he was confident and had come to the podium with a strong conviction and determination that ‘yes we can’ introduce this bill and get it passed.  He said that he would not sign any bill in which a dime will be spent from the government funds because of the fact that when he took over the reigns of this country – US had a deficit of three trillion dollars on account of the Iraq war and other issues.

His calculations, his logical conclusions, his defense for the reform and above all his concern for the welfare of the American people, were impeccable and were lauded by those present with the exception of few Republicans – who were seen waiving some pages in their hand. Until, Senator Joe Wilson shouted back ‘Its a lie”. Obama was unperturbed and went on to complete what he had to say on the issue and the sound of clapping rented the air throughout.

Two days later, Joe Wilson apologised to the President for his off the cuf remark and Obama said that he had pardoned him for his act of spoiling the decorum of the joint session of the Congress. Wow!! How magnanimus.

When will the Indian Parliamentarians take a leaf out of this episode and try to learn something? Time and again they have to be told that decorum should be maintained inside the Parliament house, but they dont understand. I still remember that on 22nd July 2008, the Parliament was in session and Dr. Manmohan Singh had to prove his majority in the House. Shri Somnath Chatterjee, the then Speaker of the Lok Sabha told the august members  to conduct themselves properly as the proceedings of the House were being telecast live. But despite his repeated requests the opposition leaders were unstoppable. When Shri L.K.Advani, the leader of the opposition rose to speak with the permission of the Speaker, he  said “Yeh jo Manmohan Singh baitha hai yeh Nikamma aadmi hai”. (This man sitting here, Manmohan Singh, is a useless person).  Not only this utterance, but examples of such behaviour are innumerable.

I can categorically say here that the BJP (Opposition parties) lost the 2009 general elections on 22nd July 2008 itself. How can you expect to become the Prime Minister of India when you dont even have an iota of decency to repect the present incumbent to the post?  It requires courage, commitment and charishma to get the electorate to your side and simple blame will not get you anywhere near the North Block in the foreseeable future

Your comments are most welcome.

Ravi Matah

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