The Party of Me, Me, Me

Threatening to shut down the country if the GOP doesn't get its way isn't leadership.

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Recently, Republicans have shown that their disdain for Obamacare is stronger than their level of caring about the American people, as evidenced by their wanting to shut down the government if there is not a one-year delay in implementating this legislation.

Seriously, tenacity is one thing, but acting like a bunch of spoiled brats at the taxpayer's expense is not what Americans sent those politicians to Washington to do. Despite 40 votes to repeal, defund, etc., the GOP shows once again that it's the main attraction at the circus, for they must know this is all for show. The Democratic ruled Senate is not going to vote in favor of such a proposal and, clearly, the  president would not sign the law if it made it to his desk.

And are we forgetting the majority of Americans who voted for the president both in his first and second runs for the White House? Doesn't the population who wants, and for many needs, the Affordable Care Act count? I guess not. 

Whether it's egos, their careers or the inability to stand apart from their terribly fragmented party, Republicans still shows they are the party of no, the party of the rich and the party of the inability to play nice with Democrats to do what is in the best interest of all Americans.

[See a collection of political cartoons on the Republican Party.]

Having said that, we here on the left have been asking: if you want to repeal and replace this piece of legislation, what are you replacing it with? Well today, that has been answered.

A group of House Republicans is going to unveil legislation providing an expanded tax break for consumers who purchase their own health coverage and increasing the government funding for high-risk pools. What the GOP has clearly forgotten is one of the reasons the Affordable Care Act was passed, was because it's, well, .... affordable!

Has the GOP seen the rates being put forth by the big insurance companies? My husband, my two children and I pay nearly $2,000 a month for our PPO plan; and we are all healthy, thankfully.  

The proposal, which was endorsed by the Republican Study Committee, provides a tax credit to people who buy coverage that is approved for sale in their state. The GOP says the American people could claim a deduction of $7,500 against both their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of insurance. 

But there are several big problems here. 1) Who decides what is "approved" for sale and based on what criteria? 2) You are giving the states the power of dispensing insurance, but the states can't afford to. 3) What happens to federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the numerous states that hold their hand out for their check from Uncle Sam, including some GOP-led states such as New Jersey and Florida? 4) Millions of Americans who should pay their taxes do not. Now you want more people to pay less? And you constantly talk about our deficit and how our government can't pay its bills? 5) This program is not fair. If one person has a very low-rate plan and is healthy, they can deduct as much as someone paying triple who might not be. And lastly, 6) If Obamacare is difficult to implement and there was much criticism on the delay of this plan, how would the complexity of this proposal be any less?

[See a collection of political cartoons on Obamacare.]

The RSC claims a membership of 175 members, about three-quarters of the House Republicans. I wonder, have all 175 Republicans read what's in it?

Let's face it. This party is angry. They're angry a black guy won. They're angry the black guy got his team to draft and pass health care reform, badly needed in this country. So they want their version, their turn to "win"; that is what this is about. This is not in the best interest of the health of America's people, nor the health of our economy. If we turn the tables on the GOP, will their plan be a "job destroyer," as they have suggested Obamacare will be? What's the start date of their plan? Will there be any glitches?

The bottom line is, Obamacare has been passed. To hold the country financially hostage and threaten to shut it down if the GOP doesn't get its way and its version of a piece of legislation that is already law is not good leadership; it's selfish. Is that what America needs in Washington today? I don't think so.

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