The Villians, Thieves and Scoundrels Union

2 Oct

The 27th Amendment was ratified in 1992 to prevent senators and House members from boosting their own salaries before an election… But in reality this now means that Congress is the only class explicitly protected by the Constitution from financial pain in the event that they shut down the federal government and fail to fund regular government operations. Even their own congressional staff members will eventually have to be furloughed or go to work without the promise of getting paid even when the shutdown is over.

Meanwhile, in the real world CNBC polled two different groups, using “ObamaCare” for one and “Affordable Care Act” for the other. Forty-six percent of the group asked about “ObamaCare” opposed it while only 37% of those asked about the Affordable Care Act opposed that…even though they are the exact same thing!

The Affordable Care Act was passed into law over 2 years ago. It has survived over 40 votes to derail or defund it. It has weathered the scrutiny of the Supreme Court of the United States and been upheld as law. It has taken the national stage as an integral part of the last presidential election and its supporters, not its detractors won and were elected by a majority of American citizens to see it through. This is how democracy works.

The Affordable Healthcare Act changes nothing for about 240 million Americans who already have health insurance through an employer, or are enrolled in a government program like Medicare…but the millions of  other Americans who have no health coverage can begin shopping for health insurance on online marketplaces for a healthcare plan that they can afford…and just like automobile insurance which every American must have if they wish to own a car, all Americans must and will be able to find a healthcare plan that they can afford.

What is wrong with this? Why would anyone be against healthcare insurance for every American? Because of the cost? Do you have any idea what it costs to send 50 million Americans to hospital emergency rooms every year for their health coverage? Have you ever seen an emergency room bill? The great majority of those emergency room bills go unpaid and get passed on to the taxpayers now…with the Affordable Care Act that will end.

So why would providing affordable insurance that would be paid by the newly insured themselves along with the insurance companies who insure them… rather than the taxpayers who pay for it now, be a bad thing? Isn’t this what everyone has wanted all along? Especially the individual, freedom ringing, libertarian, capitalist loving, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps Republicans who had been clamoring for this kind of law before Mr. Obama became the President of the United States?

That’s what the Affordable Care Act does!

Read it!

Google it!

See for yourself exactly what the law provides for you, your children and all Americans.

Then ask yourself what these villains, thieves and scoundrels who have been demonizing it, misrepresenting it, and lieing about it for years are really after. And make no mistake about it because they, and not you will, be getting great healthcare and fantastic pay and benefits from you, the taxpayer, no matter how long they shut our government down…and they work and receive all of thier pay and benefits from OUR government! And they made sure of that by passing a LAW in 1992, exactly 2 government shutdowns ago!

It is unbelievable, unthinkable and unconscionable.

In fact it is exactly what you would expect from a Villain, Thief or Scoundrel…isn’t it?

And I have no doubt that they’re probably unionized too…Local 12, I suspect.

17 Responses to “The Villians, Thieves and Scoundrels Union”

  1. Sam Sorbo October 2, 2013 at 3:30 am #

    The unions are now against it, unfortunately. What is most frightening is how the Dems in congress absolutely support it, as long as it DOESN’T INCLUDE THEM! How good a law is it, if the people who pass it don’t want to abide by it? Very suspicious, indeed!

  2. barbarastanley October 2, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    If Obamacare is such a great thing, why are the Congress and Senate exempt from the healthcare law? Actually, you need to read the entire bill, not just the watered down version put out by Obama. Do you believe a family of four can afford $20,000 a year for health insurance? My daughter’s family can’t afford it. Yet, Obama will fine them if they don’t buy a policy from an exchange. The insurance they have now doesn’t qualify according to Obama. Gee, they have no choice. Wait a minute, this is still America, isn’t it? Maybe not. Choice has been removed from the equation. Your wonderful health insurance will be paid for on the backs of healthy, working Americans, while illegal aliens, welfare recipients and criminals will receive the healthcare free. Fact, buddy. Go back and read the full 2,000 plus pages for the truth. The truth may not set you free, but it will make you look less ignorant.

    • A Voice October 2, 2013 at 5:28 am #

      The Affordable Care Act is allowing my girlfriend of three-and-a-half years to receive treatment for papillary carcenoma (thyroid cancer).

      The Affordable Care Act is not the best response to the current diseasecare system. That is a fact that I don’t think anyone will dispute. A single-payer system that is taken out of the hands of for-profit entities is the single best avenue, however this avenue wasn’t even put on the table when this legilation was first being argued. The Affordable Care Act is going to see people (lower-middle class) fall through the cracks in respect to afforability and keeping their healthcare, pushing some people to Medicaid, but over and beyond it is going to see a better state of affairs than we see now.

      Voting to repeal the Act 40-some times (41, if I recall correctly) isn’t a proposed solution or a counter-argument. Voting to repeal the Act that many times is an example of wanton obstruction, much like the current government shutdown.

      With that said, when people offer the sort of mere opinion that you do here, in response to this article, they demonstrate a level of unethical crassness and stupidity that makes existence unduly painful. The other side of this dangerous, unethical coin holds the outright lies that people like Ted Cruz have been spouting. Simply put, people like Ted Cruz have taken advantage of the dangeous stupidity of a disturbingly large contingent of the American population. People like you.

      I am angry. What I saw on C-Span last week made me angry. The government shutdown makes me angry. But more than that, seeing people opining with hyperbole and sarcasim, seeing people act with dangerous stupidity, is what makes me most angry. People like you.

      Not everyone is going to be swayed by evidence and, sadly, some people won’t be swayed no matter the preponderance of evidence put before them. But the fact remains that without offering any evidence one is merely giving their opinion and we don’t need more sarcastic, hyperbolic, bullshit opinions getting in the way of facts. If someone’s argument is so overwhelmingly bad that you can’t engage it, say as much or move on, but if someone’s argument isn’t so overwhelmingly bad you should engage it respectfully or move on.

      That smug shit…yeah, unnecessarily disrespectful.

      I’m angry. I’ve called you dangerously stupid and I mean that because commments you have made here have demonstrated this to be the case. But I’m not going to respond smugly, I’m going to respond like someone who’s pissed off and has a brain.

    • onnovocks October 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      I think that Congress and the Senate are exempt because they already have Government provided health care. Interesting to note that none of the politicians campaigning against the ACA have given up their Government benefits in favor of privately purchased health care.

  3. smilecalm October 2, 2013 at 4:31 am #

    I believe that elected officials lives should be totally transparent to citizens. We have a right to know who has access to them, and where they are getting money and other wealth. They should have no right to leaving office and profiting as influence peddlers or lobbyists. The truth of these politicians, when revealed, will set our democracy free.

  4. onnovocks October 2, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    I paid my Health insurance premiums in full and on time for 25 years, employed or not. When my employer decided he wanted to save some money, he changed providers mid treatment and left me with $48,000 in uncovered bills and a 32 hour work week. Still think there is such a thing as health insurance in the U.S.? I call it what it is, Theft!

  5. Rick Williams PGA October 2, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    You always bring an open, flexible & agile mind to your discussions. Thank you for presenting a well thought out argument that is high on substance and loe on rhetoric and “buzz words”.

    I’ve been diabetic ( insulin dependent) for 38 years. I feel better knowing that now, an insurance company MUST offer a plan to me, even with a pre-existing condition. Now, if they would understand that with proper care/treatment, diabetes is very controllable. If proper care is available, long term disabilities will decrease (as will costs). This goes for allof the “per existing condition” people out there that could NOT get coverage before this.

    Ok, thanks for the opportunity to write. I’m off my box. Next!

  6. Rick Williams October 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I’m bummed, my iPad totally swallowed my response to this earlier and never belched it back up…so I’m screwed. In a nutshell, I’m a type 1 diabetic (38 years now) who can finally find health insurance if I ever need it (thankfully covered under my wife’s company policy). “Pre-existing conditions” such as diabetes can be managed effectively with good healthcare (doctors), strategies and treatments and a compliant, motivated patient. The Affordable Care Act will give people the chance with pre-existing conditions to take better care of themselves and cut down on the high cost $ treatment down the road of complications for NOT taking care of themselves, a lot of the time due to….not having access to health care!

    I’ve never understood insurance companies and the expense side of things. If people take better care of themselves and have access to good healthcare, doesn’t that pave the way to a healthier, less costly society in general?

    Granted, perhaps I’m naive and silly, but that’s my view on it. The Congress needs to step up for what’s right…and that begins with a healthy, covered America. Isn’t that what we do as a society? Take care of each other? Even with differences of opinions?

  7. TamrahJo October 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Anyone who wants to sign a petition for Demanding a Pay Freeze for Congress can find it here:

    It may not change anything in the foreseeable future, but still affords the opportunity to speak out against the nonsense of Congress (getting paid while failing to do their job of keeping the country running) without funding an expensive re-call election or waiting for 2-4 years….

  8. Jae October 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I’ve had a few friends receive notices of their premiums going up based on “compliance with the ACA.” I’ve always found it concerning that Congress and the President immediately exempted themselves from the ACA. They’ve also given out exemptions to several corporations and Unions. Doesn’t the reek of disaster?

    I’m also severely uncomfortable with the idea of putting Congress in charge of healthcare, be they Republican or Democrat. Why is it we think government will do things honestly when they’ve been participating in crony capitalism for years? Both Rs and Ds have been doing it and we’ve been letting them, just as long as our guy is in office.

    As far as the statistics I’ve read, plus experiences from friends, it’s only going to make insurance more expensive. Not so affordable after all. This is a disaster. I’d rather they defunded it and stick with my moderately expensive insurance than implement it and upgrade to ridiculously expensive insurance.

  9. momshieb October 3, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    This free market based insurance program (the ACA) was first designed by the conservative Heritage Foundation. It is not free health care, it is not socialism, it is not the government taking over your doctor’s choices.
    It is a feeble first attempt to recognize the fact that basic health care should be a right for all citizens in a developed first world country. It isn’t perfect. It isn’t even fabulous. But it sure as hell isn’t the end of life as we know it, the way the conservatives would have you believe.
    If this is such a terrible system, why are so many people trying so desperately to sign into it that the sites are crashing?

  10. mvschulze October 3, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    I believe, and that is only my simple opinion, that the divisiveness over ACA appears to be exacerbated by popular media propagandists serving arguably biased followers. Today’s state of congress is way too responsive to such opines, as to disgrace what I believe to be the the basic tenants of a democratically structured government. In other words: The law was passed, (done!) let it proceed, evolve and mature before passing post approval judgement and worse yet, blackmail by fiscal obstruction.
    It’s complicated folks! But give it a chance!
    PS thanks again for a excellent if not provocative post,

  11. lobestir October 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    Great post! Thought you might enjoy this: It’s an Onion-y type essay, but appeared in the New Yorker. So depressing and frustrating and hilarious at the same time. I have admired you from afar for a long, long time. Now I am nominating you for a Liebster Award, despite your plethora of followers, because I so appreciated your fearlessness to tackle any topic. Love to read your blog. Here’s the award post:


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