Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn appeared on TV yesterday to criticize Obamacare (nothing new) and also President Obama’s choice of Sylvia Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services. She is entitled to her opinion, but why should anyone care? She is a member of the House and only Senate confirmation is required. In my opinion, Blackburn spends way too much time appearing on TV, instead of doing her job as a Representative. She probably has higher ambitions.

NIMBY

Not In My Back Yard, unless we are closely related, is a two-way street. Recently, the CEO of Exxon Mobil was caught supporting a lawsuit to block a fracking support water tower near his home in an upscale Dallas suburb. On the other side of the coin, our local newspaper editor supports an athletic trainer in the schools to ensure the health of students participating in athletics. He used his daughter as an example because she required ankle taping to lessen the pain caused by a bone chip. I agree that maintaining student health is a worthy cause, and I am willing that a portion of my taxes go to support the schools.

Some in this or other communities would oppose using taxpayer money for school sports or to support students in the district because of their race or national origin. Here in Utah, some are always complaining that the schools are crowded with the children of illegal aliens. I suspect that most of those children were born in the US and are thus US citizens. If we were to discriminate against them as some advocate, then we would be punishing children for the sins of their parents.

Charity begins at home. Have you ever noticed that some who give to charities select those charities to support that affect themselves or loved ones? Mike Milken, the junk-bond king, experienced prostate cancer and then set up a foundation to seek a cure for prostate cancer.

It seems to me that as a nation, we have lost sight of the big picture, how our actions affect others. We tend to focus too much on our own concerns and ignore problems that affect others. Some retired people oppose increased taxes for schools because their children are grown and no longer in school. That is understandable if you are a senior citizen struggling to survive on a fixed income. But it ignores the future of this nation which is dependent on educating the next generation of our citizens.

Obamacare at 50

Obamacare at age 5 years and 50 attempts to repeal. Obamacare incorporates the ideas of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, and is modeled on Romneycare. So why such opposition to a law that will cost less and probably do more good than Medicare part D, pushed and passed by GW Bush and the GOP? It’s the name Obama in Obamacare. The GOP don’t care what’s in the law; it’s the name. They are not opposed to the law; they are opposed to President Obama. The 50 attempts to repeal are not aimed at the law; they are the Right’s way of repealing the President and undoing the last two elections.

Why I love Medicare

I love Medicare. I worked for two hospitals during my career in healthcare, and my coverage was excellent, although expensive with deductibles and co-pays rising every year. Now that I am retired, the hassle of private insurance is gone. Hoorah! I certainly am glad that I have Medicare. If I didn’t have it here in Utah, I would have to consider moving to a state that accepted Obamacare. Utah does not.