President Obama Declares “The Stars Are Aligned” For Healthcare Reform This Year

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President Obama said today it is imperative that Congress pass healthcare reform. The President remarked: “We've got to get it done this year -- both in the House and in the Senate. And we don't have any excuses; the stars are aligned.”

The stars are indeed aligned this year for Congress and President Obama to ensure that health insurance is available and affordable for all Americans.

The President made his remarks in front of the White House at 10:20 AM this morning. The Moon represents the public and security issues, and is not only the ruler of the chart for Obama’s speech this morning, but falls in the area of the chart representing healthcare. The Moon and Pluto in Capricorn relate to government. They describe the government’s objective to implement major structural transformation of the nation’s healthcare system. Jupiter conjoining Neptune in progressive Aquarius in the chart area representing insurance describes expanding (Jupiter) healthcare coverage for all (Aquarius). Neptune dissolves the boundaries of our current healthcare system of exclusion by medical underwriting to one of inclusion, as well as dissolving the barrier of unaffordable coverage. In addition, Jupiter and Neptune are conjoining the USA’s natal Moon in Aquarius, increasing the likelihood that healthcare reform will happen this year.

The Moon challenging Mars in its “home” sign Aries in the area of the chart representing the President reflects Obama’s urgency for the House to pass a bill by July 31. The Sun (representing the President) and Mercury retrograde resides in the area representing Congress. Mercury retrograde describes that members of Congress will in essence be returning to finish the work left uncompleted by their predecessors who passed legislation guaranteeing healthcare coverage for people over 65.

President Obama’s July 31 date has meaning beyond pushing Congress to get a bill passed before summer recess. On July 30, 1965 at 3:09 PM in Independence Missouri, President Johnson signed the Medicare Act at the Truman Library in honor of the former President who strived to achieve healthcare for every American. Harry Truman became the first person to receive a Medicare card.

On November 19, 1945, President Truman proposed “a comprehensive health program” for all Americans as part of his Economic Bill of Rights. Truman told Congress:

“Our new Economic Bill of Rights should mean health security for all, regardless of residence, station, or race--everywhere in the United States.We should resolve now that the health of this Nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the Nation.”

But Republicans and the American Medical Association had a different view, alluding that “socialized medicine” was essentially a cover for communism. (This was during the McCarthy era).

There are a few key parallels between Harry Truman and Barack Obama. Although in different signs, both Truman and Obama were born with an alignment between the Sun (self-identity) and idealistic and barrier dissolving Neptune. Obama’s Sun in its “home” sign Leo challenges his Neptune in Scorpio. His Sun and Mercury (communication) is located in the area of his chart that represents healthcare. Obama’s Neptune is in transformative Scorpio (the sign ruling insurance) and Scorpio is the sign ruling his area of public reputation and recognition. Transforming the nation’s healthcare system could be the biggest achievement of his presidency.

Truman’s Sun conjoined Neptune in Scorpio’s opposite sign Taurus. Taurus is ruled by Venus, and Truman’s Venus was in Cancer, and so is President Obama’s. More importantly, both men have Venus conjoining the USA’s Venus in Cancer. Venus represents the nation’s wealth and its values, and Moon-ruled Cancer represents the public. Healthcare spending currently represents 16% of the USA’s GDP. Both men have made the case that healthcare for all is an economic issue.

Obama has said that the budget deficit cannot be solved without healthcare reform. Today the President said “businesses are using money to pay their rising health care costs that could be going to innovation and growth and new hiring.” Venus conjoining Jupiter in the USA’s chart describes our nation’s bounty. In his 1945 speech, Truman remarked: “We are a rich nation and can afford many things. But ill-health which can be prevented or cured is one thing we cannot afford.” Pluto in Capricorn opposing the USA Venus this year and Jupiter in 2010 reflects that transforming healthcare is the key to rebuilding a solid economic foundation.

President Truman saw his dream (Sun/Neptune) of healthcare coverage only partially come true. As Democrats and Republicans annually debated in Congress over the issue, it was becoming more difficult for senior citizens to obtain affordable hospitalization coverage. While there was too much resistance in Congress for universal coverage, senior citizens are a formidable voting bloc. A compromise was reached, and Medicare was born in 1965.

Beginning on Election Day 2008 through mid-2010, Saturn in Virgo is opposing Uranus in Pisces. Virgo rules healthcare in general and Pisces rules hospitalization and drugs. The current healthcare delivery system (Saturn) is no longer efficient (Virgo), requiring Uranus to break through the barriers of status quo Saturn’s boundaries to manifest progressive change (Uranus) that benefits society as a whole (Pisces). The last time Saturn opposed Uranus was during 1965-1967 when the signs were reversed (Saturn in Pisces opposed Uranus in Virgo).

A planet’s energy is more pronounced when from Earth’s vantage point it appears to be stationary in the sky. Saturn in Virgo is stationary now as it shifts from being retrograde* to direct. Right now Saturn in Virgo is conjoining the Medicare Act’s Pluto, creating the government’s willingness (Saturn) to work to transform (Pluto) healthcare (Virgo).

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is in charge of steering healthcare reform legislation through the Senate. The legislation will likely address many of the proposals in the Senator’s White Paper. Senator Baucus’ progressed** Sun in Aquarius will conjoin President Obama’s progressed Moon at the end of July, indicating that President Obama will likely be in sync with the legislation. More importantly, Baucus and Obama’s progressed Sun and Moon exactly conjoin the USA’s natal Moon, indicating the majority of Americans will likely agree with them.

*Planets do not really move backwards, but appear to from Earth’s vantage point. Saturn turns direct May 16.

** A mathematical calculation that moves the planets forward in time as a method of prediction.

Barack Obama: August 4, 1961 7:24 PM AHST Honolulu, Hawaii
Harry S. Truman: May 8, 1884 4:00 PM CST Lamar, Missouri
Max Baucus: December 11, 1941 time unknown Helena, Montana
USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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