Random Scribbles: Every congressman for himself

[Random Scribbles are my occasional posts of half-formed thoughts, half-baked ideas, and off-the-cuff observations.]

The new health insurance exchanges have been open about a week now, and they have proven popular. In my state of Maryland, which has an estimated 800,000 uninsured residents, 13,500 people have created identity-verified accounts in the state exchange, according to data issued yesterday by the Maryland Health Connection. More than 325 people have enrolled in health care coverage so far, and this is despite all the start-up problems the exchange had during the week. System upgrades may improve that rate in the coming months.

The store is open, and people are buying. It makes me wonder why the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–commonly known as Obamacare–is hated so much by certain people.

It is interesting to note that Big Business is in favor of the insurance exchanges. According to the Business Roundtable, a coalition of CEOs of leading U.S. companies with more than 16 million employees,

The ongoing implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges will be important to ensure there is competition and choice in the marketplace for health insurance coverage for individuals and small employers in the early years and potentially for larger employers after 2017.

Yet some politicians are vehemently opposed to Obamacare and claim to be speaking the will of the People.

But, clearly, they are not speaking for Big Business. And they certainly are not speaking for the millions of uninsured citizens out there, who logically could not be opposed to having improved access to health insurance. And they obviously are not speaking for those who have favored the law all along.

Who, then, are they speaking for when they speak out against federal health care law? There is only one possibility: themselves.

It’s the old trap of the political career: do anything you can and say anything you must to stay in office. Do what it takes to attract attention, even if it’s a bad choice for the country as a whole.

Obamacare opponents claim to have some moral objection to the implementation of the law or that they are speaking from their conscience. That, my friends, is a load of bull hockey.

For someone like Sen. Ted Cruz, who has excellent health insurance coverage, to stand up in front of the nation and tell millions of Americans–including citizens of his own state–that he will do everything possible to make sure they NEVER get coverage, that they will be stuck with the current system that’s filled with fraud and inefficiencies, demonstrates no moral fiber whatsoever.

None.

It only tells us that there is no depth to which it is possible for a politician to sink. And this boat is sinking, while these so-called leaders abandon ship.

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4 comments

  1. Entrepreneur by Nurture

    I feel pretty frustrated by the politicians, and how they are meant to be the voice of their people, but you are right – they speak for themselves! And don’t listen to the voice of their people. It’s not just an American thing. I’m from New Zealand – we have a minority government (National). They are selling off 49% of what were wholly owned government assets, eg. power companies. Many people feel strongly that the asset sales are wrong, so there will be a citizens referendum in November so we have the chance to voice our opinions. But referendums are not binding, so the government doesn’t have to listen to us anyway. Something is seriously wrong when those elected officials who should be representing the voice of their people, are not doing so. Roll on the next election so they can be voted out!!

    • Matthew Taylor

      Wow, great to hear your perspective from NZ. I would be interested to find out the referendum results.
      I’m just not sure what the ‘will of the people’ means these days when officials listen more to the people who advise them and those who donate the most money.

  2. Teeny Bikini

    This was great, Matthew. Every time I think about it I get enraged – so I’ll spare you my rant :) Ted Cruz. Ugh?!!! The audacity of these politicians is completely dumbfounding. I keep hoping some of these idiots will get voted out in the next election.

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