We have been fortunate to have a pretty mild fall here in the heartland, however, our friends in Washington, DC are operating in a frosty environment. Nothing seems to be working correctly and one guest nailed it when he referred to it as “hyper-partisan.” We will have to move beyond politics and have an adult conversation about what is really happening before anything can be fixed.
Having been in the political business for over a decade now, this has to be one of the low points of my career as an observer. It also seems to be one of the least intelligent classes of Congress that I have ever seen. When working for the Senate Finance Committee, I got a first hand look at the members of the committee and every Senator. They need someone to explain ObamaCare just like you and me. Maybe they should bookmark this website because it is hard to address the problem without understanding it.
My disappointment aside from many of their lack of intellectual capacity is their heavy reliance on staff. Many times Senate Leadership will come to an agreement and details will to the staff to work out. Staffers are more partisan and really have the power in the second term of any White House. I would attribute this reason as a big driver of this environment because they are the ones truly coming up with these political strategies. Do you want your tax dollars in charge of “Little Finger” from Game of Thrones? They kind of already are.
Best Explanation Ever
I do not normally share email forwards, but this one deserves your attention because it sums up in a rather crass way the crux of the debate that shut down the government. Our debt is a serious issue and the leaders we have will not make the tough decisions. Your share is over $52,000 and they are raising our credit card limit. Temporarily this is OK but eventually this has long term consequences if we do not have a viable conversation on our spending. Younger generations will pay more and that is the bottom line.THE DEBT CEILING
- Democrats don't understand THE DEBT CEILING
- Republicans don't understand THE DEBT CEILING
- Liberals don't understand THE DEBT CEILING
- NO ONE understands THE DEBT CEILING
- SO - Allow me to explain...
Let's say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood. Your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.
What do you think you should do?
Raise the ceilings or pump out the crap?
We survived the “shutdown” but if you really want to have some concern, worry about your local government shutting down, because that is when a meltdown would really happen. Outside of the beltway if you were not watching the news you did not see much of the federal government shutting down. A shutdown is actually becoming more popular amongst business because at the moment the intrusion from the federal government into small business is growing. Is the IRS really essential?
Moving on when you look at many of the difficulties encountered during the roll-out debacle, ask yourself this question. If the new marketplace turns out to be the DMV is this where you want to get your healthcare plan? We debate this below on our weekly radio program, America’s Healthcare Challenge.
Frustration with Marketplace
Earlier this week Health Reform Explained sources were able to capture this video of a frustrated person in the ACA code trying to access the marketplace. We are only half kidding because a creative programmer entered several character from the Star Wars Trilogy. Here are the moods of chewbacca trying to navigate this new maze. He is like many and the consensus amongst those close to the roll out. The universal reaction about the launch was that “it sucked.”
Many people have compared the roll-out of the ACA to that of Medicare Part D in 2003 but the ACA is a completely new type of program because Medicare part-D was an add on while the healthcare reform law is sweeping change to the healthcare delivery system.
What is Next?
Healthcare 2.0 is going to be needed to fix some of the glitches in the ACA and one example is in how subsidies are calculated. In this segment, some of the areas that will need to be addressed moving forward and a passionate caller sharing their thoughts. Finally, we were just getting used to saying 16 trillion when it came to the national debt. In the final segment we break down the federal government’s balance sheet and talk about some of the outlying liabilities.
In case you missed it, check out this provocative and timely conversation on the constitution and the impact the ACA is having on the separation of powers.
If you are looking for a serious conversation about the constitution then you do not want to miss it. America’s Healthcare Challenge is the most listened to radio program on healthcare reform.