Hey, John Boehner, Get Your Priorities Straight
November 4, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – John Boehner stated yesterday that priority one of the new Congress will be to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It isn’t going to happen. Mark my words.
The new Health Care law basically provides the following:
□ It requires American’s to buy health insurance if it is not otherwise provided to them through their employer and provides subsidies to assist in the cost if you cannot afford it.
□ It bars insurers from denying anyone coverage for a preexisting condition or gender.
□ Provides a competitive environment for pricing of policies in effect making health care coverage more affordable.
□ The Affordable Care Act will NOT be a government system in any way, shape or form.
□ It will cover 95% of all Americans.
So, this begs the question, and I truly want you to comment on this because I do not understand in any way why you would be opposed to this reform? What is the real, factual reason you feel that this is bad for America? Please bring facts and be prepared for them to be challenged by me because I really don’t understand from a fundamental standpoint: why is anyone opposed to something that is so inherently good for so many people.
Another fact, and part of the reason why our legislative branches were set up the way they were, that the Senate, still controlled by the Democrats, will not allow the Affordable Care Act to be repealed.
Can anyone say gridlock?
This will be an opening salvo and a predictor of what we will expect from the Party of “No” over the next two years. And, frankly, this is a tough terrain for the Republican Party to navigate for a variety of reasons. America will not forgive the Republican Party if they do nothing but create opposition in effect setting up President Obama for a potential fall come 2012. The Republican’s will have to find a way to move their agenda forward in a compromised way or they will find that the gains made this week will disappear quicker than a puddle of water in the desert.
It is clear that we are very concerned about the economy, and rightfully so. With the economy central issue facing this President and this Congress, John Boehner and crew had better pay attention to the growth we have had to this point and how fragile holding that together is as we move forward.
President Obama, much to his credit, has made is crystal clear from day one in office that he is completely open to ANY idea, no matter where it comes from, to help get the economy moving at a quicker pace. To this point his political foes have offered nothing but obstruction and rhetoric, but nary a solution. Time to put up fella’s.
I think Boehner’s strategy is very telling. The first order of business is to take away something from the American people; something that they need. Why? The political cost is enormous, trust me on that, and as the American people will come to discover, in politics there is no such things as addition by subtraction.
We all want, all of us, want to move forward. We want progress and smart ideas to move the country in the right direction. We need to foster an economic climate that does not betray business but enhances what it is doing creating an environment that encourages more investment in an American workforce. We need that. Why not start there Mr. Boehner? Why not?
If the Republican plan is to erase what Obama has done in the last 21 months all that accomplishes is taking us back to where we were 21 months ago. And honestly, who in the hell wants that?
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com and can read his Blog at www.mediatraining.me.