A middle America discussion before breakfast

Sitting in the living room of the ocean front beach house in Ocean Shores, Wash., where we are staying this weekend with our daughter, Jessica, her boyfriend Eric and his parents Oscar and Angela.

The house belongs to Spencer and Tora, friends of Jessie and Eric.

Somehow the early morning conversation centered on the U. S. Supreme Court‘s decision upholding the health care reform law that’s become known as “Obamacare.”

Spencer is a business owner in the Seattle area that employs a number of people.

“I’ve told them, they are on their own to get health insurance,” he said. “I’m just not going to be able to afford it. It’s cheaper for me to pay the fine, or so-called tax.

“They wanted to know if they were going to get a raise and I said yes, what I would have been paying for insurance. It’s going to be a little bit of a raise, but really not that much.”

While some in the group are adamantly opposed to Obamacare, some are ecstatic the Supreme Court upheld the health care law, but all seemed to agree on three things: There are some good things that should be kept and enacted in the health care reform law; it should not be repealed but tweaked and worked; and that long-term professional politicians in D.C. need to go.

“The health care system is a mess,” said Oscar. “I go to the doctor and he sends me to have blood tests and tells me I have diabetes and he thinks it’s affecting my heart.

“He sends me to a heart doctor who orders another blood test. I ask him why because I’ve already done the same test; why can’t he read the results of the test I already did?

“But he makes me do the test, makes me come in for another appointment so he can tell me the results of the test are the same as before and that I have diabetes, which I already knew.

“It’s all just a big mess.”

That seems pretty typical of the health care system in this country and Spencer said he doesn’t think the health care reform law will not cure all of its ills.

“There is so much in it,” he said. “Nobody, especially Congress, know everything that’s in the law and no one knows how it is going to affect businesses, people and the overall health care system.

“It’s not going to be perfect, but it doesn’t need to be repealed — just worked and tweaked; take out what doesn’t work as it goes into affect and keep in and improve the things that do work.”

But he, as with all others in the room, were not confident that will happen. In fact, just the opposite.

“I am completely disappointed in Congress,” Jessica said.

“I have no confidence in Congress — none — at all,” Spence added. “And it doesn’t matter who is president, it’s Congress that is responsible to make it work.

“And I don’t think that’s going to happen as long as the country keeps sending the same old politicians back to Washington. (Former Speaker of the House Nancy) Pelosi is terrible; (current Speaker John) Boehner is completely out of touch.”

And it’s true. As long as voters continue to send the same old politicians to Washington for term-after-term, nothing will change and nothing will improve on Main Street or for the average American.

Think about that as the primary and general elections take place later this year.

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