Crossing The Line

“They’re doing it behind closed doors!” roared Susan Robinson. “Did you hear Nancy Pelosi say that the promise of transparency was just campaign talk?”

A lifelong resident of Bay Village, a lifelong Republican, Susan Robinson (yeah, yeah, yeah I changed her name) registered as a Democrat in the spring of 2008 and voted for Hillary Clinton in the Ohio primary. It is one thing to cross party lines and to cast one’s ballot, in the privacy of the voting booth, for a member of the other party. Susan Robinson did more. She publicly self-identified as a Democrat. She has the junk mail to prove it. And now she is a sort-of Democrat, a sort-of Republican, and totally ticked off.

Disillusioned and betrayed, Susan Robinson and countless others voted for change. It was as if the voters approved Issue 6 to reorganize Cuyahoga County government and then installed Jimmy Dimora as the new chief executive.

The latest news, appropriately for this discussion leaked by a nameless Democratic official, is that the President, the Senate and the House may have reached a compromise on the plan to tax so-called “Cadillac” health plans. As always, the words compromise means that the House caved. The deal is that the tax would be on family plans that cost $24,000 per year instead of $23,000. The other part of the deal is that the employees of state and local governments and all union employees would be exempt until 2017.

Feel free to take a moment to reread the last sentence. Do you understand why a tax should apply to everyone but state and local government employees and members of a union? Neither do I. Will the law specify which unions are official skip the tax unions or will any old union do? Can we form our own unions? Can each of us create our own unique, self-contained, tax avoiding union?

We’ve now crossed the line from short-sighted and ill-advised to just plain dumb. Divisive, too.

Please, somebody tell me, what happened to helping the working poor acquire affordable health insurance?


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3 Responses to Crossing The Line

  1. Ellen J says:

    it's all so sad.
    whatever happened to Obama's promise not to sign any healthcare bill that had special interest add ons in it?
    i'm so sick of it all — does my insurance cover that?

  2. Dave Cunix says:

    It does, but not for long.

  3. Dave Cunix says:

    From Holly Engel:
    Unions —— huge lobby groups and campaign contibutors, oh, yeah, and they vote Democrat!!! This is all so disappointing, and scary, to some extent, to us in healthcare, makes one glad she is almost ready to retire. The change we voted for is turning out much different than the kind of real change and shake up in "politics as usual" we thought we were getting. And we have 3 more years of this to be just rammed and jammed how they want it, or how and who will be rewarded so something simple can be passed. It is getting harder and harder to pay attention to this stuff because of how it is all so going astray from what the healthcare reform was promised to be just a short year ago.

    Holly Engel

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