- Posted September 29, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Doing the Work of the People
While Congress and the President continue to play games, talking past each other and not talking with one another, there are real concerns which need to be addressed. Those concerns, however, are being ignored while both sides jostle for position hoping the other side will be blamed or suffer the most when things don't work out.
It's time that our elected officials, Representaives and Senators along with the President, get down to doing the work of the peole. That doesn't mean always going with what the majority of people want nor does it mean to ignore the wishes of the people.
These politicians were elected to make the hard choices and constitutionally work for the common good. So far neither side seems interested in upholding that constitutional duty. Who looks the worse in this bruising battle seems to be the focus and not doing the work of the people.
Recent polls indicate that blame will be fairly well divided between Republicans and the President and his Democratic allies. One I most recently read showed 39% blaming Republicans with 36% blaming the President's party. The remaining 25% broke down with about 12% blaming both equally while the last 13% seemed to not have much of an opinion.
So let's get passed the polls, passed the staking positions and do the work of the people.
I am going to focus on just one area where the work of the people can be readily done and still uphold one's commitment to core constituents. There are other actions which can be taken as well, but for now I am only focusing on one example of how our elected officials can do the work of the people.
One of the biggest criticism of Republicans, who keep voting in the House of Representatives to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act, is that the GOP has not put on the table any alternative measures dealing with the President's landmark domestic policy achievement, the ACA, which changes the health insurance industry in the US of A.
That criticism is in part deserved. But it is not to the extent that Democrats and liberals would lead us to believe.
I have suggested many times that there needs to be separate, free-standing legislation written and passed on each of the positive ideas and programs contained in the ACA. Instead of an omnibus bill that tries to incorporate everything, let each stand-alone piece of legislation be given a vote and passed on from the House to the Senate for a similar vote. Keep the bills clean and free of any incumberance.
For example, Republicans should write a singular bill about pre-exisitng conditions, which is popular in the ACA. A bill that bars the exclusion of Americans from coverage due to a pre-existing condition or one with which someone is born would please both folk back home and the spirit of compassion. Currently, these Americans have access to coverage for everything, but the pre-existing condition. So, they are not denied coverage completely only for that condition. Congress can rectify this without incorporating the rest of the ACA in the equation.
Move on then to other popular or makes-good-sense proponents in the ACA - one at a time. Republicans can then show that the party does indeed have ideas on the table and alternative plans to effectively replace the poorly-written ACA.
At the same time, individual legislation should be drafted for each of the flaws and plain-bad-policy contained in the ACA which rescinds that portion of the ACA. Let each individual bill go to the floor for an up or down vote. If passed send it to the Senate.
Taking this a step at a time would take a lot of wind out of the sails of those wanting to keep the ACA as is though almost everyone agrees has major problems and is unworkable as written.
Let this all be done separate from the current debate over passing a continuing resolution to fund government with the new fiscal year beginning October 1. This also can be done without tacking it on to discussions and negotiations to curtail waste and redundancy in government which needs addressed when dealing with a raise in the debt limit.
Stand for your principles, but choose when to engage and when to wait to launch an offensive. It can be done. The work of the people can be done if personalities and emotions get out of the way.
From the Cornfield, isn't it time realism be allowed back into Capitol Hill and become a welcomed guest at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?