I told this one at work yesterday and decided to share it here.  I don’t remember if I presented it before, so if you’ve heard it, read it again or just go have a nice day.

Grandpa was an ace a games.  He taught me to play chess, checkers, and dominoes.  I would go whining to mom about losing and she would ask if I had got a king (in checkers) and when I confirmed, say, “be glad.”  Grandpa was one who I never beat.  Not even once.  He would give me tips on how to play and keep wining anyways.  Long before I was even a thought, grandpa and grandma would play games.  He won against her as well.  She was a praying woman.  She took her losing to God and asked that just once could she win a game.  The next time they played, and I don’t know which game it was, every hand went her way.  She actually beat him.  Honesty was also a virtue and grandma admitted to grandpa that she had prayed about playing and wanting to win.  The next time they sat down for a game, grandpa stopped her and asked, “now am I playing against you, or am I playing against God?”

Dear sir: Thank you for your reply.  There is an absence in it I noted.  No where did I detect any desire to remove government control on healthcare.  That is what I am asking.  The origin of health care insurance was government price controls on labor and the market looked to find another way to attract and reward good labor.  That is the origin of insurance in healthcare.  Government interference was the impetus.  More or different government interference won’t fix it.  Better programs aren’t the answer.  Freedom combined with responsibility is.  Reign in the trial lawyers and make people responsible for their own health care decisions.  When people have to pay for what they get, the market changes.  People receiving something paid for by someone else is socialism and a detriment to decent society.  This includes welfare, but that is a topic for another letter.

At this point, I reiterate the topic of my original letter.  I am seeking the removal of obammacare, not it’s replacement.  I am asking for government out of healthcare, not simply changed strings on we marionettes.  I know it’s an uphill battle as it requires government to actually give up power to the people and government is loathe to do so.  I also note that those elected officials know we the people desire removal of obammacare as there were several votes last year – during the election – with that as the topic.  Interesting that now we have a president who will sign such a bill and none has been presented.  Those actions are screaming louder than anything I could ever write. The Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites who present bills in an election year in accord with the desires of the voters who are subsequently ignored after the election.  Again: government out of healthcare.  Period.

I especially like the first.

I received a reply from my congressman.  It follows:

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on how we can repair our broken healthcare system. I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.

The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, has been harmful to a majority of the American people. Nearly 4.7 million people have been kicked off of their healthcare plans. Premiums have risen by an average of 25% this year alone and nearly a third of US counties have only one insurer offering an exchange plan. Recently, the CEO of Aetna, one of the country’s largest health insurance companies, stated that Obamacare is in a “death spiral”. It is becoming increasingly obvious that we must repeal Obamacare and repair the damage done to our nation’s collapsing healthcare system.

In order to fix our broken health care system, we must make reforms that are patient-centric, promote competition and consumer choice, and strips government mandates and costly penalties. Combined together, these principles will drive down costs and allow Americans to take back control of their health care choices from Washington.

Recently, President Trump and Congressional Republicans followed these ideas by introducing H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act. This bill, paired together with administrative action and additional legislation, would have repealed Obamacare’s taxes and used conservative reforms to fix our nation’s health care system. In addition to gutting Obamacare, H.R. 1628 instituted some of the strongest pro-life protections in decades. This bill would have defunded Planned Parenthood for one year and prevented any tax payer dollars from being used to buy health care plans that covered abortions. Unfortunately, due to a wide range of opinions on how we should fix our health care system, this bill didn’t have the support necessary to pass the House and it was pulled from consideration. As President Trump continues to confer with Congress on how we can improve H.R. 1628, House Republicans will continue to work diligently to repeal Obamacare and rebuild our health care system.

Our current healthcare system under Obamacare is hurting more than it is helping, as premiums and deductibles continue to increase and options decrease. Our country deserves a health care system that does not lead with bureaucratic mandates and costly penalties, but rather with empowering families and individuals to make the health care choices that work best for them. I remain committed in my fight to repeal Obamacare and repairing our nation’s health care system.

Again, thank you for contacting me; I appreciate hearing your opinion on this issue. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call, write, or email me.

I noted that through this presentation, no where did he say any commitment to remove government healthcare.  That was my letter to him.  I note the phrase “rebuild our health care system.”  That implies the government’s hands in our affairs.  This is the exact opposite of what we want.  I want to be left alone to deal with my affairs.  As a reminder, part of the high cost of health care is that it started by cost controls may decades ago and businesses used health insurance as a ploy to attract better workers.  The government set up a false scenario and the economy responded.  Later, in the 80’s, a law passed requiring hospitals to give away their services for free.  That is impossible.  Therefore, hospitals overcharge those of us who use their services to pay for those who don’t pay.  Again, the government set up a false scenario and the economy responded.  The government allows lawyers to charge incredible fees for malpractice and prices are increased to cover malpractice insurance and legal costs.  I did a research project in college showing doctors who would not see a patient because of the chance for increased liability costs.  I’m trying to make the point that whenever the government gets involved, there are cost or accessibility problems.  Get out of health care and leave us alone.  Imagine the changes which would occur if people shopped and paid for their own health care.

That odd moment when one gets into the bathroom without being accompanied by one to three cats.  Additional point for getting the door shut before one arrives…

I contacted my representative using the form supplied on their website and submitted the following:

It has come to my attention that there is a simply worded bill presented in committee to do the job we have been wanting done.  It says to stop obammacare and return to what existed prior to that time.  Simple.  Effective.  I am requesting you, as my representative, support this bill.  I am aware of several bills being passed last year.  I believe the number was about 7.  They were show votes as the previous president was not going to sign such a piece of legislation.  Now we have a president who would sign and it’s time to send him a bill.  I have read this bill and fully support it.  I am asking others to contact their representatives as well.  The Republican presence was increased in the past elections for exactly this purpose.  We want intrusive government out of our lives.  We don’t want a substituted intrusion.  To illustrate: I don’t want to excise stomach cancer and replace it with liver cancer.  If a house is on fire, you extinguish the fire, you don’t replace the fire.  Thank you

Please contact your representative.  Use the zipcode box in the upper right corner.  There will be a couple of picture identify boxes to prove you have a pulse.

Get ahold of your congress critters now.  Now.  NOW!!!

There is finally a bill in committee to repeal obammacare.  It will be soon apparent who was on the repeal bandwagon for only votes.

http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/03/rep_mo_brooks_files_bill_to_re.html

Here’s one possibility:

Dear sir:

Last year, there were several votes to repeal obammacare.  They were show votes as there was not a chance that the president at that time would sign the bill.  Now there is.  A bill is now presented in committee by Rep Mo Brooks that contains the reason you have been sent to Washington as our representative.  It states to repeal obammacare plain and simple.  That’s what we want.   That is why we increased the Republican representation – to stop this atrocity on the American people.  I am counting on your assistance in moving this piece of legislation forward to remove this anchor.  Thank you.