In the aftermath of Thursday’s historic Supreme Court decision, there was one thing that was bothering me.
(OK, maybe there were a lot of things bothering me, but this was the main one.)
Why were the Republicans falling over themselves with their three messages?
First: It’s not health care reform, it’s OBAMA-CARE
Second: See, see! It’s a tax! It’s a tax!
Lastly, and most laughable: Elect us, and we’ll repeal it and then we’ll fix it.
So, let me get this straight. If you have your way, you’ll repeal the whole thing and start all over again with a do-nothing Congress that hasn’t worked together on anything of much importance in how long? Oh, and it's cool you're going to keep most of the mandates in the act. But you’ll be in the majority this time, so this whole health care reform will be OK because, most importantly of all, you’ll get the credit.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?
First off, if it makes you feel better, start calling it Romney-Care, since the former governor laid down a lot of the blueprint in Massachusetts.
And secondly, when in the last 10 years has a Republican-led Congress done anything that helped the majority of Americans in this way? Or, at the very least, been cooperative to the point that something might get done?
The Patriot Act? Sure, if you like your rights trampled.
No Child Left Behind? A nice idea, but one that made education nothing more than getting a few tests passed.
The Tax Rebate in 2001? That sure was nice of President George W. Bush to give us some money … only to tax us on it again the next year. Oh, and bet the government wished it had that money back when we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
Sure, they get style points for making sure we were protected in a time of crisis. Well, until Katrina. Darn natural disasters. Can’t wage war against them.
And, OK, it’s a tax. But don’t we already pay for people’s health care? Medicare, Medicaid and Medical covered both of my now deceased in-laws. They both had periods of lengthy treatment. And we, as the family, never saw a bill. Except in our paychecks.
Are there problems with the law? I’m sure there are. But I’m no expert on these things. That’s why I vote for people who have much more experience and know-how on these subjects to be my proxy in Washington.
I don’t expect them to tell me what to do all the time, or fix all of my problems. But I do expect them to be looking out for the best interests of ALL of the people in this country, not just the ones whose success has afforded them the wealth to take care of themselves.