In hockey there is a term called deflection. According to Wikipedia *tosses poppy petals* it is a shot which redirects a shot or a pass towards the goal from another player, by allowing the puck to strike the stick and carom towards the goal.
It is when you attempt to achieve something by bouncing it off of something else in order to get it to the same place.
I wrote to my Senators this past week about some shit you may have heard of. Yeah, Stupak. He’s mine. Representative of my district in Michigan and I feel personally responsible, Readerland, as I didn’t see that one coming. Guess I was not as up on my Rep as I thought.
So I have been writing to my Senators about the clusterfucktastrophe that is this Stupak/Pitts Amendment and urging them to rally the defenses to make sure that it isn’t part of what comes out of the Senate. It seems that in the fight to get decent health care reform people are forgetting that women actually need health care from the waist down. Sorry everybody, we just do. I know y’all get hung up on our boobs and all, but we got some other parts that some of us are real fond of, and we’d like to keep them working, and have a say in what happens with them and when. But see, Mr. Stupak doesn’t think that should be part of health care. And I reminded my Senators, Carl Levin, and Debbie “Your Mom” Stabenow, of just that fact.
Well, Levin got back to me, in a great play:
Dear OYD: (He really calls me that, yo)
Thank you for contacting me regarding health insurance reform. I appreciate hearing from you. I have long supported the goal of ensuring that all Americans have access to stable, reliable, and affordable health care.
An untold number of Americans live with intermittent or insufficient health insurance, and nearly forty-seven million Americans live without any health insurance at all. Rising health insurance premiums and unemployment have contributed to the continuous rise of these numbers, and it is now more important than ever to create a stronger, more efficient, and more secure health care system.
The Senate Leadership is working to merge the two bills recently reported by the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee into a single bill for the Senate to consider. The goal is a bill that will strengthen America’s health care system by preserving personal choice, ensuring people can keep their health insurance, and reducing cost through competition. The bill hopefully will eliminate existing insurance company practices that discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions and will impose annual and lifetime limits on benefits. These limits on benefits have allowed insurance companies to simply stop paying for an individual’s medical treatment if that treatment is costly. I am hopeful the legislation will eliminate fraud and reduce waste in the health care system, as well as increase administrative efficiencies like providing the support and incentives necessary to ensure that health information systems are interoperable.
I will keep your views in mind when the bill comes before the Senate. I am hopeful that on a bipartisan basis Congress and the President will come together to enact health care reform this year.
Do you see what happened here?
There are an awful lot of Democrats who just want to put this ugliness behind us and pass this thing. Health Care Reform is important, you see, and we don’t really care how exactly we get from point A to point B, but we are going to get there, no matter how many stick we have to carom from to get there. He cares about Health Care Reform. It’s important. It’s our goal.
I am not sure that I want to scrap the whole thing altogether, but I sure as fuck do not want to see any kind of bill passed that forgets that women have health care needs and that some people need to take their morals and move on.
I am counting on Stabenow to be my Enforcer.
Because, personally, I don’t care if we have to pull a Gordie Howe hat trick* to get real Health Care Reform. I am tired of “in the name of bipartisanship” and all of that crap. I want someone who remembers that we are here to get this done, and that sometimes you have to play ugly to do it. This is hockey politics, not High Tea, and sometimes there is a little bloodshed and sometimes someone is going to do a little slashing and boarding. Because you do shit the way you have to do it when it matters enough. Sometimes you get emotional because you fucking care about the game.
And my body, all of it, and The Kid’s, matters. All of it.
*Anna, I am still waiting for that autograph, eh.