When millions of us rallied in 2009,
our signs DID NOT say,
"We want Republican central planners instead!"
I remember when we invited Speaker Boehner to our 2010 Tax Day Tea Party Rally in Orlando. In fact, I very distinctly remember my reaction when I heard the term, "replace" for the first time. I was taken aback. I shuttered, actually. We had been talking about repeal since the Democrats shoved this one-size-fits-all comprehensive bill down the throats of the Senate, then the House and the American people, but all of a sudden Boehner said, "repeal and replace" and I immediately got nervous. I've been suspicious of their promises ever since.
I warned people about Paul Ryan when he was chosen as Romney's VP pick in 2012. Everyone was so excited this fresh, young, "budget hawk" was selected and I spoke at the West Orlando Tea Party meeting reminding them of his support for TARP, the auto-bailouts, NDAA, Patriot Act and his unbalanced budgets, kicking our serious debt problem down the road and funding every single one of Obama's projects since that time as Speaker has proven my suspicions accurate.
And now, here we are, with his version of "replace" and I hate to say it, but "I told you so!"
5 very important lessons that should have been learned.
(1) Comprehensive one-size-fits-all bills usually (I'm being generous) can't be trusted.
(2) Bills created by a small few and forced on the rest of the House members are suspect, at best, and chances are they will be fought. This approach is not honorable.
(3) Saying, "here's the bill, take-it-or-leave-it" doesn't mean you the smartest guy in the room with all the answers. It means you're an asshole.
(4) Threatening members who don't support "leadership's" bill lacks integrity and honor and wreaks of everything Americans hate about politics.
(5) Saying, "once we get it done, and then we can have the chance to really explain it" is exactly like Pelosi saying, "we have to pass it to find out what's in it." I thought we were better than this.
Here's how Obamacare should be "repealed and replaced"
- There should be, as promised, a single-page Full Obamacare Repeal Bill introduced and passed by all who have promised this for 7+ years.
- Several single-issue bills should then be introduced to the entire body, one-by-one, that cover the proposed fixes we've heard over the years. Tort reform, state lines, tax code changes, health savings plans, etc. etc. All in their own stand alone bills.
This will allow the real voice of the people to surface, through individual votes on individual issues. A one-size-fits-all, take-it-or-leave-it comprehensive bill with threats by "leadership" and vitriolic "you support Obamacare if you don't vote for it" name-calling will end.
Paul Ryan wants Republican versions of mandates? Put it in a single-issue bill and let everyone vote on it.
Paul Ryan wants penalties and tax credits and all the garbage the insurance industry loves? Put it in a single-issue bill and hear from the people.
The people want tort reform? Let our reps put their cards on the table and vote it up or down.