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.