I'm a republican, and I consider myself a moderate. I've been quite discouraged for some time with the disfunction of my party. We have great leaders but fail to support them. We have leaders that don't have a clue but somehow gain popular support and get into office with no leadership skills and they have no support system and crash and burn.
In contrast the Democrats have cultivated very charismatic politicians who seem to be able to get elected with very little opposition and most of their wins are by landslides. The Democratic Party is an election winning machine.
Now look at the areas the Republican Party control. They are typically areas with larger incomes and predominantly white. The Republican Party has to expand its base and reach out to Hispanics and blacks.
In contrast the democrats tend to control almost all urban areas with lower incomes. These also tend to represent the higher percentage of welfare and unemployment recipients.
The ACA to most republicans is a horrible piece of legislation. Most democrats still defend it. Herein lies the problem. If the overall cost of the ACA is as atrocious as most republicans say there is no way the citizens will stand for and no way we can fund it if young people refuse to participate.
Okay, so it may fail. What if it does? Do you think the insurance companies will just welcome back all the people they really didn't want to cover with reasonable rates? I don't think so. Also, what if all the people that they cancelled because their policies didn't conform with the ACA, will they welcome them back with reasonably priced policies? I don't think so. As much as I mostly despise most everything the Democratic Party stands for these days I'm about sick of the republicans trashing the ACA without a optional plan of their own. You can't go thru life trashing something you don't like without offering something better. Personally I hate everything I know about the ACA bug it's now a law so I'm stuck with it just like everybody else.
So what do we have? Who the hell knows. In my 45 years on this planet this is the first time I have seriously worried about the direction of our government. I think the Democratic Party has been taken over and controlled by the most extreme left wingers ever. I also think the Republican Party has been taken over by the Tea Party which is a very extreme right wing group from what I can tell but I haven't done a ton of research on them so I could be wrong.
What we need are politicians that understand we can't continue to pay for everything for the poor but we also can't let them starve. We have to do away with some of the wasteful programs we currently have and we have to find a way to reward corporate America for developing good strategies that create new jobs. We need more politicians that are willing to reach across the aisle and compromise with their perceived enemies to find solutions and develop bills that will put this policy back on track.
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