It’s gotten worse over time because of the ignorance, stupidity, fear, and racial bias of the people of America be they ever so humble brave and free. What began as a group of people known as the Tea Party complaining about the budget deficit has now been compromised by every right wing nut case with an anti-government cause joining in the fray.
While the issues vary from gun rights to immigration, gay rights and of course “Obamacare,” they all jump aboard whichever train is leaving hooting and hollering. It rarely makes any difference whether they understand the issue as all they need is a catch phrase to send them spiraling off into the sky like a rocket on the fourth of July.
Now disaster looms once again as sludge head Ted Cruz, the esteemed junior senator from Texas, has drug forth the idea of not passing the budget, thus shutting down the government if the president doesn’t agree to defund Obamacare. Right! As John McCain said, “There will likely be a snow storm in Gila County, Arizona before that happens.” It’s not rational to think anyone would take away the only significant attempt at controlling health care costs in the last half century. It is for sure that Rafael Edward Cruz doesn’t have a substitute for it.
Cruz is like many zealots who just want to hear themselves talk so as to attract attention. Even the mainstream Republicans are tired of him. The GOP mantra is to promote individual responsibility which is exactly what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does. Like automobile insurance it puts the responsibility of care for one’s health care squarely on the the shoulders of the individual and takes it off the backs of other taxpayers. A couple of things the money loving Republicans don’t like is that insurance companies must spend at least 80% of their premiums on health care or rebate the unused portion to the policy holders, and the fact that those people who can’t afford even the most basic plan will have their premiums subsidized by the government.
Rationally speaking, not a GOP attribute, the ACA is like any other large program. There will be some glitches and hiccups at the beginning. Once it’s fully enacted it will be time for congress to look at the plan and make adjustments, just as they had to do with Social Security and Medicare. While my preference would have been to take the health insurance companies out of the mix altogether, the ACA doesn’t do that thus meeting another Republican ideal: letting competition rule in the market place.
The main goal is to get everyone covered by health insurance to stop the free loaders from using the emergency room as the taxpayer’s dumping ground. The idiots out there who are telling young people not to sign up for ACA are working against their, and our, best interests. When people get injured or seriously ill someone has to pay for it. Most young people have not established themselves so their medical costs are passed on to us.
So, what’s the problem Republicans? What is wrong with holding people responsible and accountable for their own healthcare? Why is this so much different from holding people responsible for their automobiles on the highway? I’ll bet you can’t tell us that.