Putting A Name On It

I will be the first one to admit that I think putting a name on anything to do with politics is a little bit childish and petty.  I am not a fan of hearing “Bush tax cuts” being spewed over and over again.  They were tax cuts, sure, and they were passed under Bush, yes, but just call them the current tax rate.

For the last few years, all you hear out of conservatives and people who sit and watch Fox News all day is that the Affordable Care Act is “ObamaCare.”  It is ridiculous to keep calling it that.  Maybe those who continue to use that vernacular have difficulty with streaming together Affordable Care Act in a sentence, so they can just try to call it healthcare reform.

As a quick aside, I sometime chuckle to myself when people call the ACA a government takeover of healthcare.  I wonder how many of those that make the claim are on Medicaid or Medicare?  You know, governemnt healthcare.  I don’t know how many of the combined 90 million (approximately) people on Medicaid or Medicare are against an expansion of benefits for others, but I would guess quite a few.  As of 2009, 49 million people received Medicaid services (source , source).  Medicare provided insurance for 48 million people in 2010 (source).  Approximately 29% of the population in our country is using one of these two government insurance services.  Again, I don’t know the exact number of people using these services that are against an expansion of benefits for others, but it is sad that they scream from the mountaintop when they can; it’s perfectly fine for them to use government healthcare, but not for anybody else.  The old “it’s good enough for me, but too good for you argument.”  Nice.  CNN had a pretty nice summation of all of the numbers regarding insured and uninsured in our country, and you can read it here.

While I am not a huge fan of placing a nickname on something in teh political arena, I did have to laugh this morning when I heard a sound bite from President Obama, talking about the whole extension of the current tax rates.  If you are not aware, President Obama wants to extend the current tax rates for incomes under $250,000, and his opponent, Mitt Romney, wants to lower taxes on incomes over $250,000, which will cost taxpayers like me because the lost revenue will have to come from somewhere (hint: it will be those making less than $250,000).  President Obama called candidate Romney’s tax plan, “Robin Hood in reverse.  Romeny Hood.”  Personally, I do not see an issue with restoring tax rates for everybody to where they were under President Clinton.  If I recall correctly, our economy was pretty good and he left office with a budget surplus.

Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, if you are anything like me, you would like to see some civility restored.  No more of the name-calling that we typically associate with a playground at school.  Just get things done already.  Compromise is not a dirty word, and allowing the fringe extremists of either party to dictate the direction of our country leads to one place, and that is down the toilet.  If that is where you want to be, go ahead and keep being extreme in either direction.  Keep up with the rhetoric about President Obama being a socialist or not a natural-born citizen (don’t let facts get in the way of a good name-calling by an extremist), or about Romney and his tax returns (would I like to see him release more?  Yes.  Are there more important issues?  Yes.), and you will continue to lead the parade of division in our country.

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4 Responses to Putting A Name On It

  1. Great post! I would like to know the statistics of what those on Medicaid/Medicare think of the Affordable Care Act. I am strongly against those who preach hypocrisy. Too much emphasis is put on irrelevant issues in politics. Politics should be about what keeps this country running smooth and strong and that is the economy. Instead we focus solely on personal attacks and birth certificates and being too rich. I want the facts on taxes and job creation. Too often our personal beliefs and opinions get in the way and look what this country has turned into as a result. Two opposing sides screaming thier views from their sidelines, each trying to force their beliefs on the other. The only result of this is resentment and anger. Do I agree with everything in the Affordable Care Act? No. I believe it’s a good idea, but I also believe there are many adjustments and revisions that need to be made. We should all be given the option of affordable healthcare but it should not be forced upon us. Compromising should not be a dirty word.

    • TommyK says:

      Let’s be honest, too many people in this country want it both ways. They want what is best for them, but if someone else might be eligible for it, they cry foul about it. The ACA debate is just one argument that proves that very point.
      The extremes from both parties are driving a wedge through the country, and nobody seems to care.
      People tend to only get their news from a single source anymore, and that is sad. To trust what someone says because they say it loudest is dumb, and to believe what someone says because they repeat it loudly is worse. People have gotten too lazy to actually think for themselves and are far too happy to let the Bill O’Reillys and Rush Limbaughs of the world what they should think and how they should feel.

  2. J. Palmer says:

    Agreed–“Romney Hood” is lame.

    “Obamneycare” was fun for a minute though. To bad Pawlenty didn’t have the stones to keep that one going.

  3. J. Palmer says:

    Sorry… “Too bad…”

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