Smaller, More Focused Healthcare Bills

Unless you've been under a rock, you should know that Massachusetts elected a Republican senator to replace the late Ted Kennedy. Hopefully you also realize that the state has been democratic since the 80's. This election has disrupted the democratic majority in the senate and has essentially killed the healthcare reform bill in it's current state. The people have spoken; very few people in this country are comfortable with the current healthcare reform bill. The bill is huge; it's doubtful that any of the people voting on the bill have actually read it; and no one is sure if the country can even afford it.

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So, now what?
I'm personally not a fan of universal healthcare. With that said, I still feel like the healthcare system needs some reform. Actually, given that I work in the healthcare industry, I KNOW how messed up our healthcare system is. Now it's back to the drawing board.  It's definitely not time to give up on fixing healthcare.

Quit Whining!
Lawmakers, you should be thankful that this out-of-band election took place.  Now you can see just how far you've strayed from the path of real America.  We elected you to represent us, so now you had better start.  The Massachusetts election is your warning: Stop working for the special interest groups and start working for us or we'll find someone else who will.

Let's Start Small
In order to regain support for healthcare reform, the country as a whole needs to understand what's actually being done. My challenge to you is to go back and not try to reform healthcare in one failed swoop.  Write smaller bills which focus on a particular area.  Keep it small and simple so that those of us who want to know what the bill represents can actually sit down and read it in an hour or two.  My water cooler conversations should be able to talk about the "Healthcare Tort Reform" or the "Children's Healthcare Coverage" bills.  You see the difference there?  I can talk about the bill in a simple statement and know the general idea of what we're trying to do.  "Healthcare Reform" is such a broad term that you could be doing anything in that bill; it's just too hard to understand what you're doing.

What are you waiting for?  Go back to the beginning and figure out what needs fixing and fix it already.  Lawmakers, this is your job.  To everyone else, please make sure that you vote for people who you think will make a difference and will more closely represent your values.  It's time to stop voting based on party lines and start looking at the people and what they stand for.


Where Are Our Principles?

 

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countesy of respres

Our great country is in shambles.  For years people have been living beyond their means.  For years people have been turning a blind eye to scandal and corruption.  For years people have become more accepting of dishonesty and infidelity.  The general state of mind is that everything can be had for nothing achieved.

 

I'm mad.  This has been building in me for quite some time.  I'm tired of watching my great country fall into a slump because of a serious lack of ethics and principles.  I've worked my ass off.  I've done what I felt was right.  I've lived within my means and saved my money.  And now, because of the actions of some (many?), I'm going to have to suffer to save their mistakes.  My children and grandchildren will be paying for the mess that people are causing today.

I'm living in a little house.  My wife and I have considered moving into a larger house several times.  Each time, we decided that it wasn't the right thing to do because it would stretch our finances too much.  We had the opportunity to live in a lot nicer home and get financed for it.  We also knew that we couldn't afford to pay for the loans that the banks qualified for us.  We did the right thing by staying where we're at.  We're saving our money and one day we'll be able to upgrade, just not right at this moment. 

So now you're telling me that those people who took the other path and borrowed the money they can't pay back are going to get it anyway?  There's something seriously wrong here.  My question to you is, why are we doing this?  To save the economy?  That's the wrong mentality.  We shouldn't be saving these people.  They are the ones who did something wrong.  They should have to face the repercussions for their actions.  There is a principle involved here.  When you do something wrong, you get punished.  You have to do good things to have a chance at reward.

The people who are and have been in office for some time don't give a damn about me and my little house. They care about the people who have been giving them money to represent their special interests.  Guess what politicians?  Those fools don't have any money now because they've been giving out bum loans to people they knew couldn't afford them.  They've been getting rich off of money that doesn't exist.  I don't want to contribute my savings to help bring their false fortunes back.  I'm who you should be representing.  I'm one of "the people".  I'm ready to take back my government and make it go back to protecting my family and not giving out free rides.

Obviously I can't just roll up into Washington and make a difference.  I'm just one man.  So, how can I make a difference? I plan on spreading the word.  People need to understand that the current system isn't working and we need to go back a more simple system.  You know, one based on principles and values instead of lies and deceit.  I also plan on continuing to live my honest life and by doing the right thing for me and my family.  That's how we all can improve the state the country.  All you have to do is be a better person.  Live life honestly and work hard.

I also want to draw your attention to The 9-12 Project.  If you agree with me, then you need to head over there and read more.  You and I are not alone.  There are other men and women out there who are tired of being punished for doing what's right while others skate by without contributing.

Only You Can Take Care of Yourself

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Courtesy of Photography by Chris

Where did our sense of responsibility go?  I'm watching the state of the economy and I'm worrying about what that means for my family.  Meanwhile, the government is spending shit tons of money for causes that I'm not sure I want to help pay for.  I thought the government was for the people.  It certainly was created by the people, but I'm not sure that the changes coming are what was expected or promised.

People will promise you the world if they think it will get them what they want.  Those promises are worth nothing.  Promises won't put food on the table, they won't buy you medicine when you are sick, and they won't protect your family from bad guys.  At the end of the day, the only person that can do those things is YOU. I know that I care a lot more about the welfare of my family than anyone else.  It's my responsibility to take care of myself and my own, not yours.

I don't want to come off as selfish, but I do want to express my priorities.  Me first, then you.  I want to help everyone that I can.  I love my friends, and I'll go damn near to the end of the world for them.  I hope they would do the same for me, but I know that I can't gamble my family's future on that.  So, if I can't 100% depend on my friends who are very much aware of my needs, how the hell can I depend on my government to service my needs when they only know me by a 9 digit number? I can't, I won't, and I will never put my future in the hands of someone else.  You shouldn't either.

Bailouts, stimulus packages, universal healthcare, blah blah blah.  It's all just empty promises servicing the needs of a few.  I'm not downplaying the state of the economy.  It sucks, and I'm hunkering down and riding it out.  I'm taking care of my family and trying to move in a direction that makes me much less dependant on others.  You can walk away from my needs, but I can't.  

Everyone is looking to the current administration to "fix" things.  Umm, I thought we were supposed to be independent and free.  Just suck it up and do what you need to do to take care of your family.  It's not the government's fault that you bought a house that you couldn't afford.  I must have missed that part beside  "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" where it says " (oh yeah, and free mortgages and health care too)".  Our country seriously needs a reality check.  Learn a little moderation and stop spending money you don't have.  Live within your means and try to put some money back for a rainy day.   Just be responsible.