Once again I am let down by my Congress and the White House.
It happened when we were hit on 9/11 despite many pre-attack signals.
Then again when Congress and the president invaded Iraq, a war for which we have paid dearly in blood and treasure and took our eye off the ball (radical Islamist terrorists) for a few years.
And now with health care, mangled by the inability of grown men and women to work out a program to benefit the nation as a whole by reigning in the high cost of for-profit medicine and medical insurance.
While we could have gone for the most efficient approach – a single payer system, our representatives really refused to talk with each other on this matter. And as the Obama administration was ramming the Heritage Foundation-Romneycare-Democratic Party approach through Congress, the Republicans lamely came up with too little too late in the form of an alternative.
Now the GOPers just hold their breath, jump up and down, and turn blue until they get their way, or do not get their way. What's next for the Cruzers? Feinting spells?
Next week, insurance companies are releasing their health care rates for 2014. Families are going to be stunned. One of my sons happened to catch someone at his insurance company – Kaiser Permanente of Colorado – and found out his individual family plan was going to jump from $660 to about $1,200 a month – about a 100 per cent increase in one year. He's not happy – cannot afford it, but makes too much for a subsidy.
The dreamy stats the administration has been releasing are just that – dreamy. Harsh reality will soon settle upon the county. Obamacare will continue to be a noisy political issue well into the future.
It did not have to be this way. Congress, both parties, and the White House totally screwed up the entire deal through sheer incompetence, hubris, ego, and basically not giving a rats you know what for the citizen.
And I supported Obamacare.
Richard J. Schneider writes murder mysteries set in Colorado. His latest – WATER: A Vic Bengston Investigation – is available in eBook everywhere and in paper from Amazon and select indie bookstores.