The House of Representatives isn’t terribly fond of the ACA/Obamacare. They have voted 42 times to repeal it. Many of the most outspoken members of the House regarding the health care law happily identify as Tea Party members/supporters, even when Tea Party support is at an all-time low.
Now, some members of the House are actively committing what Al Gore labeled best: political terrorism. (More on this below.)
I live in an incredibly liberal college-town. The county I call home is always a blue dot in the red seas when looking at electoral maps. Over the past years, gerrymandering and dividing the blue to ensure far more red has created, shall we say—interesting–districts for House, on a State and Federal level.
Consequently, someone who proudly identifies with the Tea Party is my representative.
Surely you’ve heard of him. His name is Ted Yoho. Prior to this, he was a veterinarian and I have heard wonderful things about his veterinarian skills.
Sadly, those skills haven’t carried over to governing. Representative Yoho believes, among other things, that the ACA’s implementation of a tax on tanning at a tanning salon is racist against white people.
This is my Representative.
It seems Rep. Yoho, with his fatuous remarks on tanning, was just warming up. It was all foreshadowing to what’s happening now in Washington DC.
Let me just pause here and note that I have never been a fan of the ACA, which is a modified draft of a conservative solution to the fact Americans really do pay too much for their a la carte medical care. (Single-payer would be best but that’s a different blog post to come.)
The Senate has provided the funds to get the ACA going. The Supreme Court upheld (most) of the ACA as Constitutional. The President is pushing for it.
The judicial branch supports it. The executive branch supports it. Half the legislative branch supports it, but the other half–?
C’mon, this is America, we’ll risk our credit rating among other things to prove a point, dammit!
“So what if others suffer? I got mine.”
Yesterday, I visited Rep. Yoho’s facebook page. He has made some rather bold claims on the page, including:
Too bad the job claim is patently false in his district, as numerous people in the thread have noted. It also seems fiscally irresponsible and IS unconstitutional (14th Amendment) to not raise the debt ceiling to pay for debts already incurred.
I’m a citizen and I know this.
Yoho is my district’s representative and either:
1. Knows this (it’s fiscally irresponsible/violates the Constitution) and doesn’t care
2. Doesn’t know it, and that’s terrifying too.
Later yesterday, *my* representative in the House of Representatives proudly boasted about a solution while strategizing to keep the blame off of himself and his fellow House members for a
possible impending government shutdown:
I am a person who can’t obtain affordable health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. The ACA has caused insurance estimates for me to drop from over $600 a month (with riders to not have to cover what care I need most), to below $200 a month. And the ACA hasn’t even been implemented yet!
I have been forced to feel miserable and suffer because I can’t afford over $500 for one medicine that I would only take for about 2 weeks. Instead, I’m spacing one medication out (every other day instead of every day because it’s between $200-$300 a month) and hoping that works well enough until the exchange opens and I can sign up.
I’m annoyed, to put it mildly, so I leave you with Mr. Gore’s spot-on words concerning this (transcript below video):
[clip begins partway through former Vice-President Al Gore’s speech at the Brookings Institution this morning] …I will have more to say about this [climate change report] on many other occasions, but, because this report was released just hours before we gathered here, I would not have felt right about not addressing it.
Now, I’m gonna talk about the potential for a shutdown in just a moment, but, uh, I think the only phrase that describes it is political terrorism. “Nice global economy you got there. Be a shame if we had to destroy it. We have a list of demands. If you don’t meet ’em all by our deadline, we’ll blow up the global economy.”
[pause] Really? Um. Where are the American people in this? Why does partisanship have anything to do with such a despicable and dishonorable threat to the integrity of the United States of America?
Preach it, Gore.
Stop the terrorists in the House.
(And please, feel free to let Rep. Yoho know how you feel.)