British Lord Acton is quoted as saying: "Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
In early 2010, when the president introduced his plan for government-controlled health care, a plan that would usurp one-sixth of our national economy, President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party had absolute control of the House and the Senate, with the latter having a filibuster-proof majority.
When Republican lawmakers asked to present their views and suggestions for the proposed law, the president turned them down with the statement that, "Elections have consequences." Before the vote for passage of the bill, people across the nation were asking what was in it. Nancy Pelosi, then speaker of the House of Representatives, stated, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it!"
Now, on Oct. 1, Obamacare came into effect, at the same time the president and a Democrat majority in the Senate refused to negotiate with the House and Senate Republicans, causing a partial government shutdown. The president, following the "Washington Monument syndrome," has closed down our national parks and monuments, and cut workers for the treatment of veterans, the National Institute of Health and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. Now the president, Harry Reid and Pelosi, cheered on by the liberal press, continue to stonewall and to place all the blame for the shutdown on the Republicans, accusing them of closing parks, of stopping health research and letting children die, and putting our security in danger.
So the Republican House has passed spending authorization for the park system, National Institutes for Health, the military; and veterans' benefits - as clean authorization.
But the president continues to stonewall, saying he would veto all of these bills, and Reid, in control of the Senate, said all such bills were "dead on arrival" unless the Republicans also approved Obamacare, without conditions.
Yet the president, by executive order, issued the following exemptions from the law of Obamacare:
1. Exclude both houses of Congress and their staffs from the effects of Obamacare.
2. Exclude government unions from Obamacare.
3. Exclude all major employers.
4. Exclude many individual unions.
Not excluded: The individual taxpayer and small business owners.
Remember this president promised, when he was pushing Obamacare, the following:
1. This law will not cost you an additional dime.
2. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.
3. You can keep your present insurance.
The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic is laying off 3,000 employees, as will many businesses, as a result of this law.
My 45-year-old niece in Tennessee, Sarah, is a mid-level bank employee who is recovering from uterine cancer. For the past two years, she has suffered immensely, and is struggling to overcome the long-lasting effects of almost a year of intensive chemotherapy. Through all of this, she has maintained her job and continues to work. Yesterday, she e-mailed that she just received notice her old medical insurance has been cancelled, and the cost of her new policy under the Obamacare exchange is $20,000 per year. (And they named this the "Affordable Care Act!")
I would make the following suggestions:
1. Delay Obamacare for one year in order to conduct an independent study by the best medical and economic minds on how best to solve the nation's medical problems.
2. My youngest daughter is unable to purchase medical insurance. Solve this problem as soon as possible.
3. Allow a medical deduction for any parent or grandparent who wishes to help a child or grandchild with their medical expenses.
Stop the blame game!
Very truly yours,
Michael B. Lange,Tiffin