What to Expect When You’re Reforming (or: 111 Poems to Celebrate the Healthcare Reform Law’s First Anniversary)

March 23rd, 2011

Inspired by As health-case law turns 1, some clarity on what it does and how it does it (Ezra Klein, Washington Post 3/23/11), Backers tout healthcare law (Washington Post 3/23/11) and Health care — one year later (MSNBC First Read 3/23/11).


“Most people don’t spend their time obsessing about details of a law that essentially hasn’t happened yet.” – CBO health care adviser Joseph Antos (excluding Republicans from the “most people” category, of course)

 

In honor of healthcare reform and its signature into law one year ago today,

I’ve assembled this poetic dossier.


Here are 111 poems about healthcare reform

(Mostly attempts to counter GOP attempts to misinform).

That’s two and a half for each of reform’s Congressional backers,

And two and a half for each of its Congressional attackers.


(Or, to be a little more exact,

2.4865 poems for each person who voted, health reform to enact,

And 2.5495 for each who voted, health reform to repeal

And its many benefits from the public conceal.)


But even though the law is now one year old,

Its impact is still embryonic, truth be told.

Though its signature 3/23/10 suggests it’s now reached one year of age,

That was really just the beginning of its gestation stage.


Healthcare reform’s true delivery date:

2014 (unless it’s late).

That’s when the law’s main components come into force

(Assuming Repubs don’t repeal it in the interim, of course).


So Republicans, since you claim to care so much about the unborn,

Why not give this baby a chance to be born?

***

Here’s your theme music, Birthday by the Beatles. Click here to see how the healthcare reform law has benefited you and your family, and here for a state-by-state breakdown of benefits (the MSNBC First Read article also has an excellent listing of benefits to date and forthcoming). If you’re really expecting, I highly recommend the book referred to in our title.

Here’s Rachel’s 3/23/11 birthday wish.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Here’s The Last Word’s 3/23/11 report, including Rep. Anthony Weiner touting reform’s benefits and stating his view that the Supreme Court declaring the individual mandate unconstitutional would potentially be a good thing, since it would re-open the door to the public option

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Here’s the whole collection of healthcare poems:

1.

Health Insurance Reform and the Public Option

 July 29, 2009

2.

Cash for Clunkers and Healthcare Reform

 August 5, 2009

3.

Sarah Palin’s Death Panel Fantasy

 August 14, 2009

4.

Dr. Seuss’s Prescription for Healthcare Reform

 August 16, 2009

5.

Sen. Grassley and Healthcare Reform

 August 21, 2009

6.

Newt’s Beaut

 August 26, 2009

7.

Tribute to Sen. Ted Kennedy

 August 26, 2009

8.

Senator Enzi and Healthcare Reform

 September 3, 2009

9.

Senioritis

 September 5, 2009

10.

Healthcare Reform’s Slippery Slope

 September 6, 2009

11.

Tort and Healthcare Reform

 September 6, 2009

12.

Ode to Al

 September 8, 2009

13.

She’s Baack…

 September 9, 2009

14.

The Price is Wrong

 September 14, 2009

15.

In Memory of Elizabeth Rickey

 September 18, 2009

16.

Our great country

 September 19, 2009

17.

Student Loans

 September 22, 2009

18.

Banter with Cantor

 September 23, 2009

19.

Gridlock

 September 29, 2009

20.

Sen. Ensign’s unhealthy behavior

 October 1, 2009

21.

America’s Choice

 October 3, 2009

22.

In praise of the younger generation

 October 4, 2009

23.

Grayson’s Place

 October 6, 2009

24.

The Individual Mandate

 October 6, 2009

25.

Jindal’s Swindle

 October 8, 2009

26.

Snowe Warms and Roberts Rambles

 October 13, 2009

27.

Baucus Bill Swill

 October 13, 2009

28.

50% Chance of Snowe

 October 13, 2009

29.

Tort reform

 October 14, 2009

30.

Attention: Deficit Disorder

 October 18, 2009

31.

E Tu Lieberman?

 October 30, 2009

32.

It’s Alive!

 October 31, 2009

33.

Happy Halloween

 October 31, 2009

34.

Return of Boehner the Complainer

 November 1, 2009

35.

Two Teddy’s

 November 5, 2009

36.

The House Hands Down Healthcare (…But Poet Poe Follows a Higher Law)

 November 8, 2009

37.

The Lone Changer

 November 10, 2009

38.

The Party of No x 176

 November 10, 2009

39.

A Deadly Epidemic

 November 14, 2009

40.

Into the Lions’ Den

 November 16, 2009

41.

Chanson d’Automne

 November 19, 2009

42.

A Reid in the Wind

 November 20, 2009

43.

The Louisiana Purchase

 November 22, 2009

44.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (or, Thune’s Goons)

 December 6, 2009

45.

Kill Bill Vol. 2 (or, the Escape Hatch)

 December 7, 2009

46.

Kill Bill Vol. 3 (or, Under Lord Nelson’s Command)

 December 8, 2009

47.

Kill Bill Vol. 4 (or, Death of a Thousand Cuts)

 December 9, 2009

48.

How It’s Done

 December 10, 2009

49.

Kill Bill Vol. 5 (or, the Running Blue Dogs of Big Health)

 December 10, 2009

50.

Harry Reid and the Half-Baked Plan

 December 11, 2009

51.

Medicare Buy In Sell Out

 December 16, 2009

52.

The Full Nelson

 December 17, 2009

53.

Kill Bill Vol. 6 (Revenge of the Left)

 December 19, 2009

54.

Afraid of Santa

 December 20, 2009

55.

Taken

 January 3, 2010

56.

A Coakley and a Smile

 January 17, 2010

57.

Mass. Effect (or, Bust the Filibuster?)

 January 19, 2010

58.

Mass. Deception

 January 22, 2010

59.

Kill Bill Vol. 7 (or, The Final Scene?)

 January 23, 2010

60.

Mass. Effect: Revelation (or, Biden His Time)

 January 28, 2010

61.

Tour de Farce

 February 1, 2010

62.

Goodbye Tai Shan

 February 5, 2010

63.

Let’s Get Together

 February 9, 2010

64.

The Bridgekeeper (or, Dictatorship of the Teapartitariat)

 February 10, 2010

65.

Meet the Spartans? (or, 353)

 February 14, 2010

66.

A Tale of Two Summits

 February 28, 2010

67.

Profit Panels

 March 3, 2010

68.

Down the Hatch

 March 10, 2010

69.

Republican Care Tactics

 March 12, 2010

70.

Natoma

 March 15, 2010

71.

Graham Cracker

 March 15, 2010

72.

Tick Tock

 March 15, 2010

73.

Last Chance to Catch the (Public) Bus

 March 15, 2010

74.

Reconciligeddon (or, Hey Judd, Don’t Be Afraid)

 March 16, 2010

75.

Truth or Consequences

 March 16, 2010

76.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 March 17, 2010

77.

The Byrd Bath

 March 17, 2010

78.

Repeal Reveal

 March 18, 2010

79.

Whip It Good!

 March 20, 2010

80.

Kill Bill Vol. 8 (or: No, You Can Not)

 March 21, 2010

81.

I’m Stupak (or, Bart is Back)

 March 21, 2010

82.

Health Haters

 March 21, 2010

83.

Waterloo (or, The Republican Guard’s Last Stand Against Healthcare)

 March 22, 2010

84.

What’s It All About, Alfie

 March 22, 2010

85.

Baby Killer

 March 23, 2010

86.

Making (Up) History

 March 23, 2010

87.

Mass. Effect: Retribution (or, Thanks Scott Brown)

 March 24, 2010

88.

The Tree of Liberty (or, Nurse Ratched Attacks the Individual Mandate)

 March 24, 2010

89.

No You Can’t

 March 24, 2010

90.

Arsonists (or, Inciting the Lesser Angels of Our Nature)

 March 25, 2010

91.

Lemon Pledge

 March 26, 2010

92.

A Clean Bill of Health

 March 26, 2010

93.

Exit Stage Right (or, the GOP’s ‘Binge and Purge’ Eating Their Own Disorder)

 March 26, 2010

94.

Glenn’s Magic Blackboard

 March 27, 2010

95.

Kudos Madame Speaker

 March 28, 2010

96.

Like a Lion (or, The Democratic Pride)

 March 30, 2010

97.

Healthcare Chicken (or, Speaking Out Lowden Clear

 April 23, 2010

98.

Bass-o-matic (or, Join the Tea Party)

 April 27, 2010

99.

Tan-gelo Tax (or: Why Prince John of Orange Hates the Healthcare Bill)

 May 6, 2010

100.

The (Tan) Line Must Be Drawn Here

 July 2, 2010

101.

Think of the Children

 September 21, 2010

102.

Shep Steps Up

 December 21, 2010

103.

One More Week

 January 14, 2011

104.

Resuming Thoughtful Consideration

 January 16, 2011

105.

Boehnercare (or: Why “Repeal and Replace” Is So Obviously Stupid)

 January 17, 2011

106.

Unreal Repeal

 February 2, 2011

107.

Takeaway Message

 February 9, 2011

108.

The Real Individual Mandate

 March 4, 2011

109.

Don’t Hate the Mandate (or: My HSA Stroke of Genius)

 March 8, 2011

110.

John Boehner Loves France (…Sometimes)

 March 17, 2011

111.

What to Expect When You’re Reforming (or: 111 Poems to Celebrate the Healthcare Reform Law’s First Anniversary)

 March 23, 2011


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One Response to “What to Expect When You’re Reforming (or: 111 Poems to Celebrate the Healthcare Reform Law’s First Anniversary)”

  1. Shivshankar Says:

    . If government wants to rerofm health care fine but they should be doing it withing the scope of their authority. They are a legislative body not an auto company or a health care provider. They may regulate those industries, in order to ensure they use (at least semi) fair and decent practices, but it is not their job to enter or compete in those industries. There are numerous ways health care can be rerofmed without having a government-sponsored health care plan, be it at the state or federal level. If they don’t like the way insurance companies are doing business, let’s get some propositions in order and let the American people vote and decide if those propositions should pass or not.

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