It’s not JUST a war on women…

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
U.S.  House Speaker John Boehner
Senator Roy Blunt
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer
MO Senate President Pro Tem Robert N. Mayer
MO House Speaker Steven Tilley

Ladies, gentlemen and members of each Chamber:

It appears that the conservative branches of the federal and state legislatures believe that sanctity of life begins sometime before conception and ends once a child is born.

If Thomas Jefferson was correct and we do “hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” that does not begin with the health of our citizens from birth to death?

I am confused. I know you, your colleagues and supporters support “sanctity of life issues” and tell us you care about the the welfare of the American people from our health to the state of American higher education. However, why are you pitting one against the other?

HB 4628 intends to keep Stafford loan rates at 3.4 percent, but only if the healthcare for  women and children is cut from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It that because it was passed by the liberal arm of the chambers?

Is that why Missouri, among many states with conservative lead legislatures, wants to make the Affordable Care Act somehow illegal in the Show-Me State?

Or is it your belief that only an unhealthy citizenry who already hold more education loan debt than credit card debt can be happy? That the way to being an American citizen is to suffer? Is that your problem, huh Buckos?

Here is my humble takes on the issue.

Since the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, this country has been arguing about healthcare and who should pay. Teddy wanted a single payer system, well before his cousin Franklyn would sign bills initiating Medicare and Medicaid. The former the hot button topic that even older conservatives do not want to lose. Don’t you realize that Medicare is a single payer system? As is the Veteran’s Administration’s medical services? As is Medicaid? All relatively successful systems that you want to gut.

When did “sanctity of life” end with a human’s first breath?

Mr. Boehner, this is more than a “war against women,” which you denied existed with a scowl on April 27. You and your cronies have not only declared this war against women, but have included all citizens and businesses of this country. The salvo has been shot.

Every employer knows that a healthy work force is a productive workforce. Now you, ladies and gentlemen of the conservative movement(s), appear to attacking not only the health of the citizens of this nation, women, children and men, but want to further hard the productivity of those companies that can no longer afford to pay the cost, even in part, for a comprehensive health plan. Or a major medical plan. Or an emergency only plan.

This does not concern simply those who are ill, unable to physically work, or those who you have deemed “lazy.” It includes mothers and fathers supporting their families on minimum wage jobs that offer no benefits whatsoever.

It includes single parent household where the mother or father is holding multiple jobs.

It is those working families that fall below 150 percent of poverty, about $33,000 for a family of four in 2012, who cannot afford healthcare… or a new car, or to fix their old car to get to a doctor in the first place.

Is your “sanctity of life” definitions so narrow, is your personal morals so weak, that your fellow Americans do not deserve what you have achieved? Healthcare care that is paid for by our tax dollars?

Yes, there will have to be a tax increase, but the cost will be no greater than what is paid now. If a business transfers the cost of their insurance policy to the cost of their AHA coverage, they may actually save a few bucks. Businesses will in fact save money on loss productivity due to illness.

The original idea of the Health Maintenance Organizations, HMOs, was to maintain the health of the insured in order to reduce the cost of long term or major illness. It failed because the government allowed the insurance industry to self-regulate and the state governments did not have the manpower to conduct proper oversight.

So, here is the solution. Do not touch my Affordable Care Act. If you need to pay for the student loan interest reduction, why don’t you take a measly $1 billion from the arms forces’ budgets? That will reduce the Defense budget from approximately $676 billion to $675 billion.

OK, that will reduce, let’s say, the F-35 Joint Striker Fighter’s “$1.45 trillion over the next 50-plus years” budget to $1.449 trillion.

Can you imagine if a little is taken from each of the military programs? It reminds me of  the late Senator Everett Dirksen, who reportedly quipped to Johnny Carson, “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” Trillions.

We could pay for healthcare for all Americans. We could pay for post-secondary education loan reductions. We could pay for K-12 education.

In fact, along with the billions saved each year on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, we could reduce the U.S. deficit!

However, that can only happen if one thing changes – the conservative movement’s definition of “sanctity of human life.”

With deep satisfaction at calling you on your inhumanity and deeply anti-Humanist, anti-religious and anti-America political agenda,


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