Well here we are. Day 15 of the government shutdown. You would think, by now, that the men and women on Capitol Hill that were elected to prevent things like this from happening would have gotten their acts together by now. Well, that isn’t the case. No, day 15 brought more of the same as what we have seen for the first 14 days: Lots of finger pointing, name calling and debate over trivial matters. All in the wake of a rumored deal between Senate majority leader Harry Reid and minority leader Mitch McConnell.
Yes, the rumors abound that the shutdown was mere moments from being over. Well, as the day ended, it was still on. The House Republicans decided to take matters into their own hands earlier today, showing some sort of initiative and came up with their own resolution to end the shutdown and reopen the government. While, on paper, it sounded like a doable plan, the Senate (clearly wanting to be the heroes of ending the shutdown) made a statement saying that anything the House came up with, they would certainly vote down. So, the stalemate continues.
Where does that leave us? In limbo, relying on lame duck, Democratic party crony in Harry Reid and “Mr.-should-be-able-to-tell-when-his-mic-is-on” Mitch McConnell. In essence, the people will be the only ones losing on this deal.
As I was listening to the idiocy take place on the Hill today, I couldn’t help but to think of all of the ways this could have been avoided. I mean, let’s face it, the ACA (or Obamacare) is the demon spawn of Satan that the Republicans would have us believe. But it’s also not the savior to end all hurt that the Democrats would have us to be either. After reading a basic summary of the law (I’ll admit, I am much like the men and women that voted for it: There was no way I was going to read that WHOLE law), there are a few pros that I took away. Very few, but still.
For instance, a child being able to stay on their parents insurance until they turn 26 is a pro. Let’s face it, if you are among the lucky high school graduates that get to go to college for four years, when you graduate at the age of 22, you’re most likely going to end up in some entry level position not being able to afford the employer’s health care. So that gives you four years to move up in the corporate world where you will be in a position to afford the care.
The second pro would have to be an insurance not being able to decline you because of a pre-existing condition. I like this one because when you research insurance companies declining to pay for things based on pre-existing conditions, you would be amazed at how the companies get by. I read a story (again, I don’t put 100% faith in anything I read that isn’t in a known credible source) about a man being diagnosed with a blood disorder. His insurance company denied his claim on the PE basis because 15 years earlier he had broken his leg and THEIR doctors – not his – said that such a disorder could happen if not tended to and healed properly. Since the broken leg occurred BEFORE he was insured by the company, he had to pay out of pocket for visits related to the blood disorder.
All in all, though, I think the ACA is a failure. Not because of all of the horrible cons that are written into it, but because I think that the Democrats really went the wrong way with health care reform. I mean, was the problem ever really that people didn’t have insurance? No. The problem was really that health care costs were pretty much unregulated. I mean, the ACA really does nothing more than what Medicare+ does. Enter the market place and the insurance is sold to the lowest bidder. And it’s cheaper than most of the reported ACA costs thus far. So, the ACA, as a whole, is a fail. But I do think that parts of it could have been written and signed into law without forcing the citizens to buy insurance. I’m all about giving the people the right to choose. And I understand that uninsured people going to the ER and not paying the bills are the reason why health care costs are so high. But don’t punish the masses for the lack of the few. Provide the few with what is already in place and leave the masses the hell alone!
I read an interesting post today. One that basically said our nation is divided between Democrats and Republicans, which is pretty much true. The post went on to pose the question of whether the Republicans (I’m assuming because it was written and oriented that way) should just take over the government or secede and start their own nation. The author of the post said that it was really the only two options. So, I want to pose my response, which most already know will be middle of the road. But I want to go further and address the question itself. See, anytime one group rules over another without the latter’s say, that’s true tyranny and oppression. That’s the reason that this great nation was founded in the first place (taxation without representation). Naturally, the vast majority of the people would see that that practice would completely violate the democratic process that founded this nation and violate the Constitution, a document that most Conservatives swear is the most important guiding principle to them. The second part of the question asked about seceding and creating their own nation. That, to me, sounds ultra radical. And besides, you would have to secede by STATE and then remove all of the people that didn’t agree with your principles. So, what you would have would be sporadic sovereign nations, dotted inside the borders of the United States. That wouldn’t work either. Who would want to be surrounded by the very people they sought to get away from? They could attempt to purchase all of the land West of the Mississippi, but who has that kind of money? Another option would be to invade and take over some small, central American nation like Peru, but who wants to put up with the climate down there? If you detect a bit of sarcasm from me, I would have to say that you are completely correct.
Look, extremism, radicalism, or whatever you want to call it, isn’t the answer. The answer is what I have said it was all along: Middle Ground. Granted, I know two people won’t always agree on everything. But I guarantee that two people, who are realistically willing to COMPROMISE and meet in the MIDDLE, will always do more good than harm. There will always be bumps in the road, but compromise always wins. I would be willing to wager that if I could find 99 people who were willing to go in with an open mind and willing to compromise and meet in the middle, that I could figure out a way to reopen the government BEFORE the cronies on the Hill do. And they have had a two week head start! You can’t say that there aren’t Republicans and Democrats out there willing to do it. I hear them all day long. In the end they just want to take care of the little man. That’s a starting point.
The 113th Congress of the United States is the worst in the history of this nation. They have done little to nothing in their time. Now, it’s time for them to go. It’s time for them to be replaced by level headed people under the age of 90 that are ready to give the people what they want: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Imagine that. Taxes are guaranteed and we are only guaranteed the PURSUIT of happiness.