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    • Jesse Loren

    • October 27, 2013 in Columnists

    Obamacare and a cup of tea

    When soldiers were picking through landfills to get metal scraps to up-armor their vehicles in Iraq, Rumsfeld said, “We go to war with what we have, not the army we want.” He sent men and women to their deaths and dismemberments. The ACA website has glitches; the right should be as willing to let people live as they are to let people die.

    It’s ironic that the right held the whole country hostage over trying to delay the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. They wanted to “delay it in order to fix it.” But, they certainly didn’t delay their rush for war. Not with all those rich Blackwater and Halliburton contracts and such! There was money to be made for the private war machine!

    Did anyone think their desire to “fix it” would be beneficial to anyone?

    There is some consistency in their politics. Pro war, at any cost of limb and life on the one hand and anti-healthcare at any cost of limb and life on the other hand. As long as the rich have theirs.

    Fox news and friends and the whole far right machine repeat a talking point that the ACA website might violate privacy. In fact when CNN’s Carol Costello tried to get Rep. Marsha Blackburn to identify exactly what privacy was being violated, she couldn’t find anything. She repeated her talking point. It “could” violate HIPAA…. Sure, just like Saddam Hussein could have had WMDs. What the ACA site does ask is your name and if you smoke, none of which are phishing for your hemorrhoids or where exactly on your butt hole you have herpes. It doesn’t collect the information. It doesn’t need to, because the ACA got rid of insurance companies’ preexisting conditions screening. Nobody cares what you had before you started dating Obamacare. You still get covered!

    The underlying psychology on the right is fear and protecting their own.

    They fear Obama is violating their rights.  I am not sure which rights, but I think it is the right to deny healthcare to women, the right to give an employer permission to deny coverage to employees based on “HIS” beliefs, the right to shut down the government if they don’t get their way, the right to consider the government as an evil thing which only they should control, the right to wave a confederate flag – the flag of secession and slave holders – in front of our White House and black president. The right to disrespect the president. The right to pass laws that limit the ability of ethnic groups and women to vote. The right to reinterpret the founding principles of our constitution to support their anti-tax agenda. The right to dismantle programs that help citizens. The right to dismantle the separation of church and state and reinvent the nation as only a nation of Judeo-Christians. The right to deny basic human rights to others. All of this wrapped in a flag and holding a cross.

    We go forward with the glitches we have in the federal website in order to provide healthcare to our beloved country.  Shame on those would twist healthcare into their weird, hate filled quest for “rights.”

    Rumsfeld: http://crooksandliars.com/2006/12/15/remebering-rumsfeld-you-go-to-war-with-the-army-you-have-not-the-army-you-might-want-or-wish-to-have-at-a-later-time
    Blackburn: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/25/cnn-carol-costello-marsha-blackburn-obamacare_n_4163950.html

    • Everything has glitches, they will be resolved. I am not happy that the ACA mandates you have maternity coverage and other types of coverage if you don’t need it. But I am sure in the end it will be changed up and will reflect that they need the young to support the old and leaving middle class with higher rates will be also adjusted. Nothing is perfect and over time this too shall adjust. People need to give it time. Great perspective.Jesse.

      • Kelvin

      • October 28, 2013 at 10:52 am
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      Well said. The GOP has done everything they can to sabotage the bill, including many governors not taking part. And then they complain about it. It’s like killing your parents and complaining that you’re an orphan.

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