Thursday, September 26, 2013

For God's Sake, What Do I Know?

Okay, people, the lawmakers in Washington DC are at it again.  They are a bunch of clucking chickens with nothing to say.  The Affordable Care Act is getting under way next month. It is a giant piece of legislation that the Republican Congress has tried to overturn over 70 times.  Really?  Isn't that like critiquing a movie or a book from heresay or better yet, nothing???  How many of the Washington blowhards have personally read the law?  I really want to know?  I am guessing most haven't, but they are still angry about it.  Maybe they think it's good enough to have aids read it and give their synopsis!  In any case, with or without their whining, it's happening.  Do I understand it?  Nope. Don't even pretend to get it.  The only thing that has sunken in is that parents get to cover their children under their health insurance policy until they're 26.  Good news and bad news, right?  Definitely good for this generation not to have that monkey on its back while beginning careers, but many families might be waiting for some relief with having grown up, self-reliant children.

Okay, so what is all the fighting and whining about?  Well, first off, it's Obama.  Second, the supposed cost.  What do I know?  I know that we pay through the nose for our healthcare and what they actually do or don't cover seems inconsistent or questionable, at best.  So, why are so many Republicans screaming?  I don't know. Can we see a show of hands who has read it?  Can we see a show of hands of anyone who proposed an alternative?  Didn't think so.  I haven't heard one Republican shoot down Obamacare  with any argument that holds any water.  Look, if the Affordable Care Act rolls out and needs tweaking, then tweak it.  Stop the harping and discourse. Something has to change with health care.  It's crazy expensive.  Insurance companies have only one thing on their minds and that is profit margins.  There is zero altruism in insurance.  Too many people use the emergency rooms at hospitals because they don't have any insurance, so who do you think pays?  Will this new legislation help that?  I have no idea, but there is no way that we could continue on the same downhill spiral that we've been on.  If the Republicans want to discuss changes or alternatives, fantastic. That is democracy. That is actually supposed to be the job.  Present, discuss, argue, re-assess, vote, pass legislation.

AND can you  believe that the do nothing Congress is talking about shutting down the government and not raising the debt ceiling??  Really?  We've heard this song before and it's bad for the Country. It's bad for the economy.  It's bad for the people.  Do they care?  No.  They just stick to an unyielding, uncompromising, arbitrary set of beliefs. Not facts.  I can't believe it's happening again.  My head is spinning.

Sidebars:  TV began rolling out the new season. Thought the NCIS premiere was not well-written and convoluted, but will continue on. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit seemed like Mariska Hargitay really wants another Emmy nod.  Over promo'd non-event.  Tonight, it's Glee, Grey's Anatomy, the new Michael J. Fox comedy and the Robin Williams sit-com.  It's Thursday and I get to see a screening of the new film Gravity tonight so all the DVR's are set and I can't wait to go see it.  Thanks to my friend, CZS, for making it possible.  A little scared, but....Chanukah is early this year so if you are looking for a great gift for that occasion or a birthday or Christmas or a "just because I love you" present, check out Neil Sedaka: Rock 'n' Roll Survivor.  It really is a great read and stories you've never heard.  I've been a fan for at least 40 years!  

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