Monday, October 14, 2013
Recent letters to this paper expressing dismay and outrage Congress would challenge President Obama’s order to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government with no spending restrictions.
After all he was elected so Congress should just stand up straight and say “yes sir” when he issues a command.
The Constitution vests the House of Representatives with the power to raise revenue to run the government. Would you believe it, these representatives are elected by the people. Today they are representing their constituents who are demanding the nation show some restraint in spending and fairness in how the laws are applied.
The office of the president demands respect, the occupant has to earn it.
President Obama has done very little to earn respect. His actions remind me of the old military saying: “I was not there, I did not see it, and those are not my initials”.
How many times have we heard the president say that the Affordable Care Act will allow you to keep your current policy and doctor and will be cheaper?
In fact policies are being canceled because they lack all of the mandatory requirements of the ACA such as obstetric, pediatric, prescription, open enrollment, to name a few.
The replacement policies are much more expensive and the co-pays have been raised also.
This large increase in medical insurance cost will decrease a family’s budget for discretionary spending for items like dining out, vacations, gifts, home improvements and many others.
Multiply this effect by millions of families nationwide, coupled with the lost income by workers whose hours have been cut, and the economic consequences will be serious.
A one-year postponement to allow time for a rational overhaul of the ACA would have avoided this looming train wreck.
Bruce E. McCaw