OK, so this weekend I go up to my farm in Wisconsin for a kids weekend. I leave my wife home so that she can have her reunion with her college buddies while I take my 5 kids and my niece with me to the farm for the weekend. My brother, Mark, lives close by in the booming metropolis of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. We hook on Saturday. He's there with his 8 kids and then mom and dad stop by on the way to their vacation home up in Door County.
While we're having some fun banter on politics and solving the world's problems, the topic then turns to the Health Care Reform Act.
Now what I'm about to say is Non Partisan! My grandfather, Otto Bettag, was a Republican elected in a Democratic city of Chicago. My Grandfather Vogel was an attorney who helped Democrats John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt get elected to the white house. As a result, I got it from both ends.
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SHOULD JOIN TOGETHER AND INSIST ON THE FOLLOWING. Mom's idea is this....
MAKE THE REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS WHO VOTED TO PASS THIS LAW CARRY THIS EXACT INSURANCE FOR 7 YEARS as the experimental guinea pigs. Constituents from both parties are protected. I don't want them to participate in the law, but participate in the Exact Insurance that will be provided under this new law. You see, my mom said that if we did this for 7 years that those who are in office after this next term would experience the true affect of what the Health Care Reform Act in the long run. If it's acceptable to them, then we can roll it out to the public at large. If not, then back to the drawing board. Let's put their families and spouses and children and ex-wives on this insurance plan to make sure that they really are representing their constituents.
My personal feeling is that socialized or goverment run health care is bad. Just ask the Canadians. My brothers (all 3 are doctors as is my dad and grandfather) have patients that pay cash to come to the states to get their health care rather than go into Canada's socialized system. BUT ALL OF THAT IS IRRELEVANT!
If this program is so good, then our legislators should lead by example. Republicans and Democrats alike. This is a bi-partisan bill. Let's have bi partisan leadership and say that the minute this law becomes active, we have leaders who sooooooooooooooooooooo value their constiuency that they say, let's test drive this model for you. That, my friends, is real leadership. I'd say contact your local media outlet and pass this on. Contact your local senator who voted for this and tell them that this is what you expect from leadership such as what they provide. Thanks Mom! You may just be onto something here!
This Could Be the First Time that Republicans and Democrats Unite!