posted on Oct, 2 2013 @ 05:41 PM
First let me make it clear, I hold no party allegiance. I support proposals based on their merrit, regardless of who makes the proposal. Nothing else
makes sense to me.
That being said, the whole concept of an individual health insurance mandate was brought forward by that revered Republican institution the Heritage
Foundation back in 1989. In the early ’90’s the Republican’s introduced a number of healthcare bills that included an individual mandate. Go
ahead, look it up. Even as recently as 2007, both Democrats and Republicans introduced bipartisan legislation containing the mandate. One such bill,
which became law, was Romney’s signature achievment in the state of Massachusetts. And guess what? It was a great success and became widely
accepted. So please, don’t make it out like Obama is the Anti-Christ simply because he followed their lead. It just doesn’t pass the sniff
Now, regarding the government shutdown, it hasn’t done a damn thing to stop the implementation of the healthcare law. It’s funding was already in
place. Which brings me to question, “What’s the point”? Really, you got me. I think EVERYONE in Congress should be required to undergo a
psychiatric review before resuming duties. It would only be fair to the millions of innocent, helpless victums falling prey daily to their ruthless,
ill-conceived notions. I love this country; it’s really all I know. But please, don’t tell anybody I said that. It’s becoming kind of an
embarassment to admit it anymore, ya know.
The Affordable Care Act is not a bill, it’s the law. This law passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law. It was deemed constitutional
by the Supreme Court of the United States. For one party, in one branch of Congress, to hold this country hostage in order to override a
constitutional process, disrupting the lives of federal workers and the American people who depend on their services, is unconscionable. It’s
The shutdown has put 800K government workers on furlough and will cause approx $300M/day damage to our economy. Way to go guys! You get a million free
bonus votes for that in 2014!! It’s kinda like the CEO who receives a $50M bonus because his/her company lost $5B last year instead of the $6B
projected. Hmmm... Makes sense...
Not only are all those folks being furloughed, but many other workers like Border Patrol officers, prison guards and air traffic controllers are
required to work, while their pay is being delayed. In the D.C. Superior Court they’ve temporarily stopped paying witnesses, jurors and
court-appointed attorneys. The court has also stopped payments to mediators, language interpreters, expert witnesses and investigators hired by
court-appointed defense attorneys. A big concern here is that witnesses, unless subpoenaed by a judge, would be reluctant to show up for court without
the $40/day payment they typically would receive immediately. These are things typically “required” of our patriotic citizens, and yet they will
not be compensated until the federal government shutdown ends. This is going on now all around the country. Regarding the politicians supporting this
shutdown, I heard one furloughed worker’s remark was, “It’s not fair. They still get paychecks, and we don’t.” I agree completely with her
sentiments. They should be required to sacrifice, as well.
Many of the same arguments being made today against the ACA were being made long ago against the Social Security Act and Medicare. Today there would
be an armed revolt if the government were to eliminate those programs. Personally, I think the same will be the case with the ACA. At this stage most
people, including many political leaders, are simply reacting out of ignorance of the law. I mean, how many of us here have actually read the law, as
opposed to just repeating what we’ve heard on Fox News or MSNBC? I’d be willing to bet not many. I’m no expert on the law myself, but my gut
feeling is that it will gain wide acceptance once it’s had a chance to take hold. Now, that may be a year or 2, considering there’s been so much
political opposition and refusal to cooperate in the implementation. But, I think eventually it will come around. Those states who’ve stubbornly
(stupidly IMO) refused to participate, throwing millions of dollars away in subsidies they would’ve received, will begin to see the success the
program is gaining in other states who wisely complied. It won’t take all that long before these folks come to their senses and begin to join in, as
And that, I think, is the greatest fear many Republicans have about all this; they’re terrified that it might succeed. They don’t see all this in
terms of what’s in the best interest of the people; they don’t give a hoot about the people. All their blinders will allow them to see is that it
would be a VICTORY for that “illegitimate Kenyan” Barack Hussein Obama. And, by God, that’s just not acceptable! Man! To think, the so-called
Leader of the Free World runs it’s affairs this way. What a model for rest of the world to follow.
Many of you will disagree with everything I’ve just said, but that’s not changing my opinion. At least not for now...
PS: Has anyone noticed that you don’t hear much squawking about the deficit lately? There’s a reason for that. It’s been coming down at a record
pace. Try to remember that a couple weeks from now when the next self-inflicted crisis begins - the debt ceiling debacle. It will be the same cast of
characters, the same convoluted logic, just much higher stakes.
PPS: It’s kinda ironic to me. All the people who gripe and moan about freeloaders using emergency services, and getting a free ride, are the very
same ones griping and moaning about the Fed finally making them pay for their own insurance instead. Make up your minds. Or is it you just want
something to gripe about? I have a feeling it’s the latter.
Hasta la Vista, Baby...