To The Daily Sun,
We shouldn't be so quick to judge our elected officials on their voting record. I have been aware that someone writes a bill and then others barter and bargain to get amendments added to it that have nothing to do with the subject of the original bill. But I never gave it much thought until all the discussion regarding the Affordable Health Care Act.
Recently an ad mentioned voting against background checks for gun purchase, and like many of you I thought "who wouldn't be for background checks; what's the harm?" Then I thought back to all the times we have criticized elected officials for not voting for something that sounds so harmless.
When it comes to "naming" a bill, I have discovered that many times the name has nothing to do with the majority of the content of the bill. Affordable Health Care was really about insurance reform and sadly, today, we know there isn't much that's affordable about it. Yes, some have coverage that didn't before, but many couldn't keep their doctors or their insurance plan, illegal immigrants are eligible for this health care despite our president saying that would never happen. Most did not save $2,500; high deductibles are the only way you can afford coverage and you have to pay all the deductible before the insurance company pays out anything. And who is helping pay for those who can't afford the coverage? You, the taxpayer, who was paying for it before this monstrosity of a bill. The name of the bill sounded great and we criticized elected officials who didn't vote for it, but the architect of this bill, Johathan Gruber, told us exactly how we were duped into believing.
I've seen proposals for increased background checks in many states and heard it debated at the national level. And after incidences like Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando who could possibly be against such a simple measure that might make some difference? Again, it is in the naming of the bill and the content and if your particular elected official has voted against such a measure, the most prudent thing you can do is get a copy of the bill and really look at it. Most I have seen would require a background check before a father could his son a rifle either passed down or new as a gift. I'm sure this was not the intent, but it is in the language.
The American people have been duped by great sounding names and programs for a long time. I am not saying some really great things have not come from our elected officials over the years. Before we criticize, we should become informed. And if you think, "Oh, they really don't mean that," remember there are lawyers out there that can manipulate the laws better and quicker than any chiropractor can fix your back.
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