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Our relationship with Obamacare
Date: 2017-Aug-12           Author: Barry Shatzman
Can i get a little personal with you here?
My relationship has been a disaster. So I just told my girlfriend I'm breaking up with her.
Well... ok... it hasn't exactly been a disaster, In fact, it's been pretty good. Sure we've had problems. But things were much worse before I met her. But i already told my friends i'd do this. So i gotta.
I got it... even though i'll call things quits today, i won't actually kick her out for 2 more years. That should give me enough time to find a new girlfriend. Makes sense, right?
Yeah, right. You think i can't hear you calling me a nincompoop right about now?
But riddle me this... isn't that the exact same thing Republicans in Congress are doing with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
They say they want to repeal Obamacare. But even though they label it with every superlatively disastrous adjective that their mouths can pronounce, they're gonna let it stick around for a few years.
If it's really that bad, why?
They say it's so they have enough time to come up with something else. But if they're gonna do that, why not just wait till they come up with that better something... and just do the deed then?
If your representative wants to repeal Obamacare now, ask them those questions. Then ask them what would happen to your health care if they don't find something better. Then ask them why they've been whining about how Obamacare supposedly is the worst thing that ever happened to this country, yet in this entire time they have yet to come up with anything better.
Then tell them you're dumping them in about 2 years.