It’s Christmas Eve, and I still have a lot to do before tomorrow, so I’ll be brief. How do you all like the giant “screw you” our Senate just gave us this morning? Helluva Christmas present, isn’t it? A horrible bill virtually guaranteed to jack up taxes on everyone, cause insurance premiums (and medical costs) to skyrocket, the quality of care to suffer severely, require the people least able to pay to buy insurance out of pocket and, if they’re lucky, the Feds will (somewhat) reimburse them with tax credits down the line, etc., etc. Perhaps the worst part is the obviously underhanded nature of getting this passed, with votes in the middle of the night or the early morning, and flat out bribes to holdout senators like Ben Nelson of Nebraska who only jumped on board after he blackmailed the Feds into paying 100% of the cost of Medicare Expansion for his state forever! There’s already a handful of states looking to sue over that one.
I have to say, I was no fan of George W. Bush. He was, in my mind, one of the handful of worst Presidents in our history, and I was actually optimistic about this new start with Obama. I didn’t think anything would make me more ashamed of my government, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t manage to pull that off. It goes to show you, no matter how bad things are, it truly can always get worse. So here we have a piece of legislation that’s going to cost us all from now to eternity, not even come close to achieving what they claim it does, and voted into being in a shady way when fully 2/3 of the public oppose it for a variety of reasons. And this is what we call a representative democracy? “Change You Can Believe In.” Nice slogan. Too bad the change he was referring to is going to be all that’s left in our paychecks after this mandate. At least for those of us who will still have paychecks, anyway.
Have a great Christmas!