STOP HOLDING AMERICA HOSTAGE AND YANKING WITH THE ECONOMY: America needs responsible legislators, not capricious, selfish and revengeful “Divas”
For 15 days in October, the US Government was shut down by vindictive legislators who tried to obtain gain from their selfish behavior. It was 15 days of uncertainty, stress and pain for the workers that were forced to stay home, and for a nation that was under threat of collapsing economically and losing the little credibility it had to be considered a solvent nation by the international banking community.
Republican legislators insisted in defunding healthcare or the ‘’Obama Care Act’’ law that was passed by a majority of Americans by ballot. The president and his party refused to dialogue and compromise with Republican legislators who had the agenda of delaying segments of the implementation that obliges employers to buy healthcare insurance for their employees. Clearly, Republican legislators were not thinking about those workers who have no health coverage and that already have chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, etc. They were only thinking about protecting the interests of the rich companies, such as Walmart, whose CEO earns 50 million dollars a year. They were protecting the insurance companies and the 1% of the rich in the country. President Obama was thinking that 40 million people had gone long enough without healthcare and that it was time they have it. Perhaps, forcing everybody to have healthcare whether they can afford it or not, or fining them if they don’t buy healthcare insurance might have been wrong, as we are still at the mercy of insurance companies. Of course, “Obama Care” would have been much better if it provided the construction of hospitals, the hiring of doctors, the purchases of medical equipment, and the provision of free medicines to the working population and to indigents as healthcare programs in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba, European countries and most third world countries provide. Perhaps, the President could have compromised delaying the mandate that struggling companies delay one year providing insurance coverage for their employees. Perhaps, President Obama knew how proud and stubborn Republicans in the defense of their wealthy patrons would react; therefore he acted in a non compromising manner in order to make them look bad in front of the American voters. Of course, there is room for improvement in the “Obama Care”, as it should not force companies to finance abortions and anti contraceptive pills for their employees. But nobody can deny that this law is also positive, as insurance companies won´t be able to deny coverage any more to people for having pre-existing conditions as they have done in the past. Perhaps, the President and his party are still confident that this healthcare is positive, and that it will earn some brownie points for the Democratic Party for the next election. He was determined not to give an inch and this infuriated the Republicans. Both acted in a stubborn and careless manner not giving up an inch and decided to jump off the cliff together. According to the polls, the big losers out of this irrational ´´Shut Down´´ were Congress Secretary Bohener and the Republican Party. Although a provisional bipartisan compromise was reached to give an aspirin to the economy until February, the game of yanking with the Country´s economy and with the lives of people by capricious ´´Divas´´ legislators must stop! Legislators from both parties take for granted their positions and have acted irresponsibly by not compromising and reaching permanent agreements to solve the budget problem, Immigration Reform, healthcare and other important issues. They think they have bought their political seats, disregarding the people that elected them. They don’t think that the masses could wake up and send them all home any day, as people in Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba and other countries have done.