A proposed solution
The following is an idea that “We the people” could implement to put an end to much of the political mess in Washington, D.C. It would mean that we are relentless in writing, calling and talking in person with our elected officials. But I do believe we could prevail.
1) The first checks to stop due to the “shutdown” are those of every elected senator and representative.
2) Enrollment in Obamacare BEGINS with every elected senator and representatives — no “opting out” allowed. The rationale is simple: If it is truly good for the American people, then our elected representatives should be first to enroll — no exceptions.
3) All benefits, retirement, financial and non-financial privileges and perks stop immediately. Since we are several days into the “shutdown,” this should be retroactive to a minimum of six months prior — the time period when everyone knew, or should have known, that decisions would have to be made, yet did nothing.
4) Employees who have been furloughed due to congressional and executive inaction will be compensated out of assets and resources owned by said elected officials. The taxpayers of this country should not be financially accountable for restoring to wholeness those who have suffered loss. Those responsible should pay out of their own means.
Finally, going forward, every elected senator and representative shall be compensated according to the average income of his/her district. Terms shall not exceed two, and the length of each term shall not exceed four years — period — no exceptions. Every elected official shall abide by the same laws and rules that they impose upon the public and absolutely NO pensions. Let them finance their retirement from their own income like the rest of us!
Blessed we are
As Thanksgiving was approaching two years ago, The Wenatchee World asked people on the street to answer the question, “What do you have to be most thankful for?” One lady answered “Our medical community.” Well, my sister and I would like to applaud her and thank her. We are all truly blessed and have had many reasons in the last few years to appreciate the entire medical community.
Did they read it?
The Affordable Care Act has attached to it, currently, a robust 10,500-plus pages of federal regulations. These regulations are specifically intended to provide a challenging set of hoops for patients to have to navigate. These regulations actually lessen the quality of health care by creating nothing less than a huge bureaucracy that stifles both innovation and efficiency. What kind of people would be capable of developing a list that when finished, offers more than 10,500 pages of rules, restrictions and hoops? Does the term career bureaucrat enlighten you at all?
One of the most contentious questions being offered by astute journalists these days is the one that asks the whiner, I mean congressional office holder, to please fill the folks in on those onerous regulations that have been deemed absolutely necessary. That question is met with resistance, outright hostility and/or the elected official fleeing the dais with nary a word in response. Perhaps some of my progressive acquaintances have read those onerous pages that detail these so-called essential restrictions. I would think that part of the job description for legislators would include that those duly elected to federal office would feel compelled to read these documents they approved, the ones that they are choosing to impose on the citizens of this great country.
Imagine if they were in charge of writing the student handbook for schools in your local educational district. What might we expect if they were to assume the task of developing workplace rules or other important mandates that detail the do’s and don’ts that infringe into our everyday lives? Oh, wait one minute! I forgot all about OSHA, the EPA, the IRS and other federal agencies that interfere with our everyday lives, well above and beyond the call.
Hope for success
Run! Run for your lives! Obamacare is coming!
By that I mean, run as fast as you can to get the health care you can now afford. I consider myself a patriot (as well as a decorated veteran). So it goes without saying that I have never wanted my president to fail, whether I voted for him or not.
For those of you in agreement with the gentleman who babbled for 20-plus hours, you should take my message to your local town council and read it over, and over, and over again until everyone goes home to spend quality time talking to their 3-year-old!
Wenatchee girls soccer coach John Springer was my boss at Healthy Options, where I was the backup social worker. He headed up a team of in-home workers: nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers. All the words that The World’s sportswriter Jon Frank used for Springer fit us also. Our morale was high, we were productive, and we had tremendous pride in our work. Every staff meeting, although focused on our work, was fun. Sometimes we laughed until we cried! Springer encouraged us — the work was often challenging — and he always emphasized team. We also were “winners.” I miss him and the work!
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