Guest Author - Stephanie Romero
I posed the question this past week on the Forum board, asking if it was a good idea for Republicans to attempt to repeal the healthcare bill. The consensus seems to be that itís unlikely they can repeal it so the next option would be to scale it down.
I donít think Republicans are doing themselves a service by trying to do what is unlikely to be successful. I understand that they want to stick to their word. They promised their constituents that they would do this. However wouldnít time be better spent on scaling it down?
There are some parts of the bill that many Americans want, for instance, pre-existing conditions and children being able to stay on health insurance until they are 26 years old. Others want to see the bill scaled down in a way that also includes shrinking government involvement, the budget and our debt.
I just heard that as of today, every American owes $45,000 due to the debt we are swimming in. That means even your children. So in my household we owe $225,000. Yes, I think doing something about our massive spending problem should be a top concern for the GOP.
In addition, what many Americans are mostly concerned about is getting a job. My 16-year-old son has applied to a number of places, mostly fast-food chains and he has been complaining that he canít get a job. I tell him to not whine about it. How would he feel if he were a grown man with a family to take care of?
The stark reality of what our country is facing is more than just the Republicans trying to save face by keeping their word. In my humble opinion they are wasting time. When I park in front of my house everyday, my eyes automatically go to the vacant house across the street.
Our neighbors couldnít afford their mortgage anymore so they picked up and left. Papers are taped all over the front door warning about trespassing. I have seen people come by and clean it out. There is nothing like seeing your neighborís foreclosed home in front of your face everyday to show you that while healthcare is an issue, there are bigger fish to fry perhaps.
I do agree that the healthcare bill is a disaster. At this point it seems the logical thing to do would be to attempt to get rid of the junk. Granted, there may be a lot of it but letís not waste time when we have about 16 million Americans out of work and around 6 million facing a foreclosure.