Cruz and tea party want to overturn the results of last year’s election

65,915,796 to 60,933,500.  51.1 percent to 47.2 percent.

These are the results from last year’s presidential election. Once again, it was an election where health care reform was a major issue during the campaign. Now, apparently driven by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and the tea party, our democracy is effectively being forced to repeat this election ... or else. 

Seriously, this would be funny if it were not so terribly true. We are in the midst of a government shutdown because the tea party did not get its way. Truly, it is as childish as it sounds.

We live in a country with a representative government. And 300 million-plus people can’t govern themselves effectively if certain rules of civility are not followed. Imagine the city of Grand Junction shutting down city services because a minority of City Council members failed to get their way.

In three short years, this great country will have another presidential election. If Obamacare is such a train wreck, why not allow it to move forward and let the people of this country decide for themselves?

Just last year, faced with a similar choice, the majority of Americans voted for President Barack Obama and the policies he represents —  including Obamacare.

Instead of sitting down with their colleagues from across the aisle, tea party Republicans are illustrating the adult version of “if I don’t get my way, I’m not playing at all.” However, in this case, the tea party is using your economy and your country as poker chips in this destructive dance with representative government. 

Just ask yourself: “What has a more immediate effect on the U.S. economy — defaulting on our debt, a federal government shutdown or moving forward with Obamacare?”

Although not robust, the U.S. economy is growing, unemployment has been declining, and inflation rates for health care expenditures are considerably less than several years ago. And, yes Ted Cruz, all of this is occurring during the ongoing implementation of Obamacare.

Our health care system has changed over the history of this country. It will continue to change. We will need it to change. Given the current makeup of our three branches of government, it is political malpractice that the House of Representatives can’t muster any effort to work across the aisle to improve upon the Affordable Care Act rather than attempting to repeal it.

Besides, many of the major ideas for the law came from Republican side of the aisle.

Cruz must believe that the 2012 presidential vote did not happen. Cruz must believe the American people can’t think for themselves. Cruz can’t count. How else can one interpret his statement that, “The American people want to repeal Obamacare.”

Uh, Ted, we did vote just last year. And a significant portion of the people who don’t like Obamacare actually favor a much more liberal version of health care reform.

Currently, western Colorado deserves a more grown-up version of representation from our congressman. We should not be contributing to the circus-like atmosphere of Washington, D.C.

We should expect our congressman to at least send his aide on health care issues to spend time with our health care community and our local health care leadership. Is that too much to ask?

This issue is too important for one-liners and factually challenged political rhetoric.

A functional federal government starts at home. In this case, for us, it’s 3rd District Congressman Scott Tipton. Washington, D.C. antics are a reflection of our own politics. With respect to the current budget battle in D.C., let’s hope Tipton begins to place the economic needs of the 3rd District ahead of the political dreams of the tea party. Country first?

What is blatantly obvious is that the mathematically challenged Sen. Ted Cruz is using our country as his personal expense account for his own political fortunes.


Michael J. Pramenko M.D. is the executive director of Primary Care Partners. He serves on the Club 20 Health Care Reform Committee and is a past president of the Colorado Medical Society.


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Well, yeah.  It’s bull.  Your point?

Kudos to the Daily Sentinel’s editors for unequivocally calling for an immediate end to the current government shutdown (“Point made, now reopen government”).

However, having thrice endorsed Scott “Tea Party” Tipton for election to Congress, the Sentinel’s editors are much too circumspect in refusing to criticize their dubious choice of another Tea Party lemming.

Even if Tipton “is just keeping his head down”, he does so purely because the 3rd C.D. is one of the few “competitive districts” remaining in our country, such that he must both preclude a primary challenge “from the right” next year (by “playing to his base”), and also avoid alienating too many “moderates” and “independents” while doing so.

Consequently, as Dr. Michael Pramenko’s timely column (“Cruz and tea party want to overturn the results of last year’s election”) clearly demonstrates, Tipton remains part of the problem, not the solution.

Likewise, in his regular “reports” to the Sentinel’s Gary Harmon (see, e.g., “Tipton blames officials for aggravating situation”), Tipton repeatedly relies on simplistic “one-liners and factually challenged rhetoric” to disingenuously avoid his own “personal responsibility” for deluding his constituency and voting to shut down the government over a “conservative” program that offers 45 million Americans access to health care. 

Indeed, Jim Ciha’s letter (“Obamacare doesn’t do enough for affordable care”) is closer to the truth than any of Tipton’s pronouncements about the Affordable Care Act – which was originally the Republican “market-based” approach to combating incessantly rising health care costs and egregious abuses by for-profit health insurers’ “death panels”.

Thus, the Sentinel should get Tipton “on record” as to whether he will support a “clean C.R.” and/or would sign a “discharge petition” to bring one to the floor.  If not, Sentinel readers should properly conclude that Tipton is both unworthy of his position and undeserving of re-election.

Instead of paying any attention whatsoever to meaningless and manipulative ad hominem blather from clueless propaganda-fixated leftists such as Michael Pramenko and Bill Hugenberg, why not first compare their opinions to the opinions of world-class intellects and whistleblowers such as investment advisor, entrepreneur and investment banker, Catherine Austin Fitts and former (until she blew the whistle) chief counsel for the World Bank, Karen Hudes (PhD and JD from Yale). You can read Fitts’ resume at, and you can read about Hudes at Fitts’ website is at, and Hudes’ website is at Both are featured in a number of video interviews in the alternative media on the internet.
Arguably Fitt’s interview most relevant to Obamacare is titled “The Economic Truth About US Healthcare,” and can be viewed at I consider Fitts’ remarks so important that I took the time to transcribe them and have posted that transcription on my own website.
Let me try to couch the harsh economic realities in as leftist-friendly language as possible: Obamacare represents several things, none of them good — in fact, some of them downright evil. It is symptomatic of a political nonalignment between corporations who want more profits and people who are getting sicker and can’t afford healthcare. The more profits Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Big Insurance make, the more Americans, health deteriorates.
As Fitts put it, “the way the corporations have resolved that is to go to Washington and get Washington to pass rules that force the customer to pay the corporations, whether they need them or not, or whether they can afford them or not. And it’s really a way of liquidating the wealth of the people [middle class] to prop up these corporations.”
Fitts continues, “Now, in the backdrop, there’s a third agenda which, to me, is the most important agenda in the mix on healthcare reform. And that agenda is the desire to have much greater control.”
“Now, you can say it’s the government, but in fact, if you look at who really controls and operates and runs the government, it’s not the government. It’s very powerful private interests behind the government. You know, some people call it the ‘shadow government’, but there are groups behind that. And if you look at the provisions that have been discussed for controlling doctors, dictating to doctors what their policies will be, requiring disclosure to the government of all sorts of confidential private information
about people and their health, you’re looking at one of the most effective tools to implement fascism that I’ve ever seen.
Obamacare is a lie. It is unsustainable. It is political theater. It is the result of corrupt politicians and a sick, self-absorbed culture of entitlement to steal the “other guy’s” labor.
Repeal it and start over.

I couldn’t help noticing that one angry post was removed. That was the Sentinel’s call. I disagree with that call, but it’s not my newspaper. (And it definitely is not “the people’s” newspaper any more than corrupt politicians are “the people’s” servants. It’s Jay Seaton’s newspaper.)
For myself, I very much appreciate seeing what people are thinking. To me, angry reaction to Pramenko’s socialistic “bread-and-circuses” blather is just as interesting as the original blather itself.
In the long run, censorship of other than obvious profanity doesn’t really work. In the minds of all but elitists, whatever inhibits the free flow of information is destructive for society. Maybe I just trust the common sense of the common people more than the Sentinel trusts the common sense of its readership.
As a free speech absolutist, I tend to agree with Thomas Jefferson, who believed that the crazed utterances of a few lunatics are most effectively countered, not by government/media regulation/control of speech, but by the common sense and logic of other speakers who are free to expose and ridicule the lunacy of a few.
P.S: I don’t buy the “striving to improve the civility of the discussion” talking point. Not when the disagreements are so profound that actual civil war is realistically conceivable.

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