Obamacare defense off
Re: Sept. 20 commentary, “Cruz-y GOP tries to keep us from Big Gulp of health care.”
I found the underlying premise of Gail Collins’ commentary flawed. Her position is, if I may paraphrase, that Obamacare is a flawed law, but let’s implement it anyway, some people might like it and we can try to fix it later. What? What kind of logic is that? Have we forgotten that the bill was rammed through the House of Representatives and the Senate using every trick in the book to pass it, including bribery and exclusions, and that it passed by the slimmest of margins without receiving a single GOP vote, and that it has since been acknowledged by both parties as a “train wreck,” that numerous polls indicate that an overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want this law implemented and that it will represent 1/6 of our entire economy when implemented?
Cruz’s mission will fail
So what is Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan when the Senate refuses to defund Obamacare, which everyone — except Cruz apparently — knows is what’s going to happen? Shutting down the government or refusing to raise the debt ceiling are not plans — they are (as the Wall Street Journal editorial board said) kamikaze missions. It really is beginning to look like Cruz is a liberal Canadian in tea party clothing working secretly but effectively to destroy the conservative movement and hand the House back to Nancy Pelosi in 2014. In the meantime, perhaps he should consult state Sen. Wendy Davis to come up with an actual plan. And while he’s at it, perhaps he can get the “fortitude” U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he lacks.
Cruz puts nation at risk
The two-Pparty system in the U.S. seems to be failing us, resulting in a broken Congress. How else could I have ended up with Ted Cruz representing me? We will pay a price for this. Take Sen. Cruz’s opposition to Obamacare. The American people do want a health care system that works. But simple opposition to the current law is not a solution. I think major flaws in Obamacare, as well as the current defunding effort, are the result of lobbying by the health care industry. If opponents of Obamacare really wanted to address the issue, they would put forward meaningful fixes to the law, not just throw it out in its entirety. Blanket opposition, therefore, is not an effort to fix health care but is simply posturing to the radical base. You want to shut down the government or take another U.S. credit downgrade just so you can win your next primary?
Sabotaging health care
Navigators start their work in less than two weeks assisting Texans with the Affordable Care Act process and application. They have a very important job helping uninsured Texans find the right insurance for their family. The Texas Department of Insurance has had all year to implement new rules and regulations. Gov. Rick Perry should have insisted that any further navigator rules were set up well in advance of implementation. Perhaps Perry should have the Texas Department of Insurance look into any problems that develop so that additional rules can be in place next year. Responsible Texas citizens’ ability to obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act should not be impeded by a governor throwing a wrench in the gears at the last minute.
Strike a deal, Williamson
The Texas Civil Rights Project filed a lawsuit against the Williamson County Commissioners Court for violating a constable applicant’s constitutional rights. After a few opening questions, the commissioners began to ask questions prohibited by the U.S. Constitution, the Texas Constitution and the Federal Civil Rights Act concerning his personal beliefs related to his religion, his political affiliation, his attitudes toward abortion and sexual orientation. The commissioners should have avoided asking these discriminatory questions during the hiring process to avoid any lawsuits. To make matters worse, the commissioners have now engaged the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani, funded at taxpayer’s expense, to defend their illegal actions despite the fact that the county has an entire department of lawyers. It’s time for the Williamson County Commissioners Court to admit they made an error of judgment and move on. Negotiate a settlement and stop wasting our money.
Blaming the innocent
In reference to two recent letters blaming the National Rifle Association for the massacre in D.C., why must the zealots keep blaming law-abiding citizens and civil rights organizations for the actions of criminals? These are the same types of people who blame all Muslims for actions of a few terrorists and all African-American people for the latest rampage at the Naval Yard. It is un-American to use the actions of a few criminals as a tool to assault the rights of many.
Priorities upside down
I never thought I’d live to see the day where it would be easier to buy a gun than it is to vote.