O'Brian, Barbara

Barbara O'Brien is a left wing blogger who writes the blog Mahablog. O'Brien's book Blogging America Political Discourse in a Digital Nation discusses the changes blogging has made in America's political culture, and the left-right debate. O'Brien is a strong advocate of blogging as a means of giving the public power in the media, as well as opposing the Iraq War. O'Brien also writes and edits the Buddhism topic at About.com.

Health Care Reform: The Morning After

By Barbara O-Brian

Many politicians and pundits warned us that the health care reform (HCR) legislation that just became law will destroy America. Government bureaucrats will take over health care decisions, we were told. The old and infirm would be hauled away by death panels. Everything about the way we receive our medical care will change, and change drastically, they said.

Medicare recipients have been frightened by stories that their benefits will be cut. Middle-age people are worried they will lose their jobs when the law’s dreaded regulations, or taxes, or maybe regulations with taxes, would destroy their employers’ businesses.  

The truth is, very little will change for most people. If you were insured by employee benefits before HCR, you will be insured by exactly the same policy in exactly the same way after HCR. You will have access to the same doctors on the same terms. “Government bureaucrats” will no more be involved in your health care than they were before.