Like many of you, I watched with sadness the recent defeat of the Obamacare repeal and replace bill in the United States Senate. I was grieved, mad, disgusted, and yet hopeful that something good may still come out of this momentous failure.
I’ve previously criticized the Democratic Party for its secular tendencies and lack of concern for the common person. Now it’s time to be equally disgusted with the gutless and hypocritical Republicans (at least some of them).
But, are we really looking in a mirror at the failures of America’s most prestigious club (US Senate)? And could the healthcare stalemate produce a flashpoint for renewal in America?
I think it’s important to analyze ALL the players in the healthcare fight. It’s not true that everybody failed in this endeavor, just like it’s wrong to conclude that everyone in America is equally responsible for our cultural decline.
The Senate voted 51-50 today (with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie), to move forward with the debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). This remains the biggest unfulfilled pledge of the 2016 presidential campaign and will not be easy to accomplish.
Why? Because people like free money and politicians know it.
All 48 Democratic senators voted against the motion to debate. The Democrats move in lock step with the progressive movement. They not only want the ACA to remain, but covet single-payer health care in the United States. Single payer means the federal government controls your life and health.
Two Republican senators–Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska–voted with the Dems because they are progressives at heart. They should probably change parties.
Why do we want the ACA to die a much needed death? For the same reason I reject progressivism.
A year ago, my optometrist gave me the bad news that cataracts were forming on my eyes–and that I would need cataract/lens implant surgery to correct it.
I waited a year after learning of the problem and my vision grew worse. Around Christmas, I decided to pull the trigger and prepare to have my “headlights changed.”
There was one problem. I’d worn contact lenses for fifty-three years, and would have to wear glasses for three months so the curvature of my eyes could return to normal.
I’d never worn glasses before. But I had no choice. Plus, my eyes were really bad. 20/800 bad. Practically legally blind.