BY SHARON MARTIN
Watching the news or reading the newspaper usually has me quoting Shakespeare, you know, those lines from Macbeth, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Well, there has been a lot of sound and fury in the past month.
Let’s start with the healthcare divide. Does anyone else have a problem with legislators who want to kill healthcare reform after they vote themselves not only raises but good government insurance?
Arizona State Rep. David Gowan explained why conservatives don’t want to accept Medicaid expansion, even opposing their own Gov. Jan Brewer.
“We don’t believe in the expansion of Medicaid itself. It’s within the process of mandating health care. We don’t believe it’s the government’s duty to do that. It should be open for people to go get their health care.”
People can just go get their own health care? Do they know this? Why haven’t they done it already?
Then there’s the Ohio legislator who told Sister Carol Keehan that “the uninsured could go to community health fairs for basic preventive care.”
And trying to be even more helpful to the uninsured, the Ohio conservative said, “Sister, they can get their blood pressures taken at the fire station.”
I suppose the fire fighters can write prescriptions for blood pressure medication while they’re at it.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bemoaned on the Senate floor as to how the IRS would be in charge of ObamaCare.
“For many Americans,” he said, “that’s going to mean submitting to probing questions about their health insurance. And if people at the IRS don’t like your answers? You’ll be hit with new taxes.”
Probing questions from the IRS? You mean like “how much money do you make and where did it come from?” Now, they’ll want to know if I have health insurance, too? I suspect this will be as intrusive as showing proof of car insurance in order to buy a car tag.
Then there is the question of disaster relief. Virginia has Rep. Eric Cantor, who will vote against his own constituents’ self interest. We have Sen. Tom Coburn.
Dr. Coburn, discussing disaster relief for Oklahoma on CBS’ Face the Nation, said, “We’ve created kind of a predicate, that you don’t have to be responsible for what goes on in your state.”
First, isn’t Oklahoma part of the United States, one nation? Second, who is responsible for these tornadoes? Do I smell another Benghazi here?
– Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer