Make no mistake about the purpose here; we did not do well in the final resolution of the government shutdown. We were stabbed in the back by the Republicans in the Senate and a few quislings in the House.
The insistence that this was a fight worth fighting is hard to argue against. At some time, the Peter Kings of the world have to have the courage to stand up for us in the battles over our future. Unfortunately, the conservatives have been overwhelmed; but this in no way means they were wrong.
We are not better off now than we were yesterday. We are another step closer to our national destruction and the destruction of the Republican Party (which may not be a bad thing, but is a topic for another day). Our debt rests so heavily on the shoulders of our young people that the eventual consequences are at this point too terrible to contemplate.
These things having been said, there is, however, a small shimmer of light in our darkness. It has been reported that the new deal for ending the partial government shutdown (and once again extending the debt limit) contains a provision for income verification for coverage under Obamacare.
At present, one needs only assert that he or she qualifies for a government subsidy to pay for coverage. This is kind of like asking the four-legged canine attempting to enter a chicken coop if he is a wolf and taking his word for the answer.
This provision would require people to provide data to the government to prove they are eligible for more of our money than they usually take. This will make an already nightmarish process even more difficult to navigate as millions upon millions of documents will have to be reviewed before much of Obamacare’s target population could get its next wave of freebies from us.
Since real time reliable income verification is not possible even in honest transactions conducted in the private sector, the only things that can turn this new requirement into the silver bullet that kills this vicious werewolf will be (and of this is a BIG order) getting the feckless Republicans to fire it and demand enforcement of this section of the law.
The Daily Kos is using the phrase “massive delays,” and that has a nice ring to it.
So there you have it; thanks to the takers who gave us Obama, these days, we have to search harder for good news and pray for God’s help.
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