I watched Speaker John Boehner speak with righteous indignation at the government shutdown not being a game. You are right, it is not. I agree with you. You have the power as of this moment to call a vote on the Senate bill they sent back to the House. You have enough votes between moderate Republicans, who are tired of the Tea Party hostage taking, to side with the Democrats and get the budget passed. Right now, you have the votes. Make a move.
This budget is based on what you want from a GOP standpoint. It keeps the GOP desired numbers, but is without change to Obamacare funding. The Democrats have already conceded on this point. You have the votes right now, if you call for a vote. Someone wrote a comment into our newspaper this morning. The Senate has voted several times on bills sent over from the house. You should make a move on what the Senate sent back. You have the votes right now.
As an Independent voter and former Republican and Democrat and I don’t care who wins or loses. I do care about people using misinformation. I do care that a small group of people called the Tea Party can hold the GOP and America hostage over something that is largely a Republican idea. The exchanges in particular are a capitalistic, GOP idea that leverages the existing market. I also know the former Senator Jim DeMint, who was the Tea Party leader before resigning his senate seat to become President of the Heritage Foundation, supported Romneycare as last as 2009.
This is of importance, as Obamacare is patterned in many respects after Romneycare. DeMint liked Romneycare so much he wrote a letter to President George W. Bush saying we should do this for our entire country to solve the healthcare problem. He even advocated in interviews how much he liked the mandate as he thought it added personal responsibility. Yet, when Obamacare was passed, he declared in 2010 that both Romneycare and Obamacare were unconstitutional. Only one year before, Romneycare was the best thing since sliced bread.
This is the ultimate flip-flop, as now DeMint, as President of the Heritage Foundation, writes an anti-Obamacare post complete with a hammer and sickle implying Obamacare is communism. Again, I would add the exchanges are about as capitalistic as you can get. If not, why did the healthcare insurer stock prices go up on October 1? Another irony is origination of some of the ideas within Obamacare came from the Heritage Foundation and were adopted by Senator Bob Dole when he ran for President in 1996 as a the Republican nominee.
So, it is not a game Speaker Boehner. You cannot just change opinions like this because the guy in the White House passed your idea. This is important as if you ask Americans if they like the Affordable Care Act, you get more people liking it than when you ask them if they like Obamacare. They are the same thing, which Jimmy Kimmel has now made famous with his video from the other night. When people say Obamacare will be bad for the country, these are the same people who do not know what Obamacare does and are reacting to the name and the PR against it. You may recall when your PR firm told Republicans to always add the modifier of “job-killing” to Obamacare.
It is also not a game that about 50 million Americans do not have healthcare insurance, the worst offender being the state of Texas, home of Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Rick Perry. Texas has more uninsureds than other state. Cruz has been the principal culprit in holding America hostage and has done a disservice to this country. Perry has called Obamacare “criminal.” The Koch Brothers have funded commercials that use last year’s campaign tactics against Obamacare reference Uncle Sam standing between you and your doctor and using a poor woman to reference death panels. I know it is not perfect and is complex. I know Obama has done a poor job of explaining it to Americans. But, I do know the Tea Party, GOP, DeMint and Koch Brothers have pulled out the stops on the misinformation and disinformation calling it criminal, communism, Nazism, etc. Personally, I don’t like being lied to.
I also know politicians don’t know what Obamacare is. My representative still makes statements that I am sure he believes to be true, but are not correct. Either that or he is being Machiavellian. Governor Perry, Obamacare is not perfect, but it is certainly not criminal. However, what is extremely poor stewardship is to have a state where so many suffer and not do anything about it. Some would call that criminal. To me it is a damn shame, especially when entities like the Rand Corporation talk about the positive financial impact to a state to have Obamacare with the Medicaid expansion. So, you are not only not representing all Texans, you are harming the economy in Texas.
So, back to Speaker Boehner, you are right is not a damn game. It frustrates the hell out of me to have the country being held hostage over something that is largely your own idea. Call the vote right now and end this madness. There are so many Republicans that are ticked off at Cruz and the Tea Party, you will see what will happen. Call the vote now. It will pass and we can move onto the debt ceiling crisis.