Whether you admired Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour filibuster as standing on principle or detested it as political theater, one thing is obvious: our political leaders care nothing about the people they represent.
How else do you explain the debacle in Washington, DC over healthcare?
In short, the majority of Americans do not want Obamacare yet everyone but those in Congress or with exemptions must participate. Republicans use the majority stick to condone their actions while Democrats use the ridiculous argument that if congress listened to the majority in the 60s Civil Rights legislation would have never passed. Apples meet oranges.
Ironically, Senator John McCain admonished Senator Cruz for wasting his time during his the filibuster “because we were in the minority, and in democracies, almost always the majority governs and passes legislation.” Perhaps Senator McCain may want to consider his role is to represent the people and his cronies. Senator Cruz stood on principle, the rest sat on their hands.
President Obama, with a straight face no less, stated “there’s no widespread evidence” Obamacare is hurting jobs — despite extensive reports that businesses are not hiring or are cutting back worker hours to avoid extra costs tied to the law. He exemplifies the tone-deaf politicians we elect each year.
I guess he conveniently forgot about the July letter from the Teamsters and other unions that stated “perverse incentives” were hurting jobs. In that same letter, they wrote Obamacare “will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40-hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle-class.” To be fair, the Obama Administration recently rejected the Unions’ request for an exemption so at least they are screwing everyone – even their friends, but not themselves. I wonder how many Democrats will distance themselves from Obamacare when the next election rolls around?
In short, he created this monstrosity so 15 million uninsured Americans can get health insurance whether they want it or not. To do this, he is forcing people with health insurance to subsidize the rest. An average American may have to pay three times more for health insurance if their employer does not cover them. This vicious cycle continues when more people are out of work or have reduced hours necessitating them to join a state or federal health exchange.
I know this sounds naïve but I expect our elected officials to do what is best for the entire country and not just a voting bloc.