“My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what's broken and build on what works.” Really? Then why did the American people have to sit through an hour long gilded sales pitch for the 1,018 page health care reform package? There was nothing simple stated during the Presidential Press Conference regarding health care reform. Nothing to help the American people lean back and say, “This is simple and it makes dollars and sense.”
The average American, when faced with a problem that seems insurmountable, tackles each issue one step at a time. If the house is falling apart, the owner with common sense looks at what absolutely needs fixing so that he may continue to live in his house as he works to correct that particular problem. If the plumbing fails, one calls the plumber, not the bank to do a complete home makeover.
Our servants in Washington, the Congress and the President, should learn from those they serve and make one fix at a time. According to an analysis by Republican staff of the House Ways and Means panel, the deficit from the health care reform bill would be $760 billion by 2024, the end of the first 10 years of full benefits coverage. It would be $1.6 trillion by the end of the 2020s.
Obama’s very language, “Health Care Reform” demonstrates that he is waiting with the wrecking ball, to demo the already standing structure that has many durable and worthwhile features in order to redecorate according to his ideological tastes and beliefs. There is no thoughtful blueprint laid out to see what is worth saving, what needs a little new paint, and what represents the leaking faucet that must be replaced. There is no prioritizing as to what is absolute necessary, but only, “When it comes to the cost of our health care, then, the status quo is unsustainable. Reform is not a luxury, but a necessity. I know there has been much discussion about what reform would cost, and rightly so.”
Obama’s dream home is not a home in which America can afford to live. But like many who were caught up in the Real Estate boom, pulling equity from their over inflated homes, pouring it into a dream home reform project that they couldn’t afford and then losing it in foreclosure, so also is this Administration and Congress doing to our Country. They have no vested interest in the people, but are like the lenders in years past who at all costs, disregarded ethics and morals, sold mortgages to individuals they knew on paper couldn’t afford the ink they were signing with, all for the sake of power and prestige.
The irony is that the President, responding to a question from the Press Corp said, “I have the best health care in the world, I want to see that every American has good health care.” We the people may sit on his porch and have what he terms as “good” while those living in the White House and the Congressional Houses in Washington D.C., get the “best” insurance. If We the People are their employers, if they work for us, then how is it, that we get stuck with the crumbs off the king’s table? How is it that we, the rightful owners of the White House and the Houses of Congress are not even invited to the meal to participate in the discussion?
The Biblical parable about the wise and foolish man can speak to this very issue. In Matthew 7, Jesus talks about building a house, and though He was speaking about spiritual issues, it applies to the kind of decisions that men make and the effects those decisions have on the lives that they influence. The President, by virtue of his position affects Americans through his decisions. Judge for yourself, are the leaders of this country building a house on a rock or the sand? Do their decisions represent wisdom or is there great foolishness in their positions that will cause America to crumble in years to come?
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 28And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 29For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Wise up America!