Welcome to the land of dysfunction

So, did little Timmy really pull sweet Sally’s ponytail? Let’s listen in on the conversation. “Did to.” “Did not.” “Did to.” “I’m telling.” “I’m telling first.” “You touched me first.” “Uh, uh, you did.”

This could go on for a while. Kind of reminds us of another bunch of unruly kids up in Washington playing the blame game. Except this time the impact is, shall we say, a wee bit more important. Not being able to play together has led to a shutdown of the United States government. And each side of the aisle in Congress blames the other.

Let’s see, 800,000 “non-essential” government employees are now furloughed. National parks are closed and we can’t watch the baby pandas. World War II veterans are being told they can’t visit the war memorials in D.C. because they are also closed. Yes, those monuments erected in their honor for defending our country decades ago. Without them, we wouldn’t even be worrying about a government shutdown — we wouldn’t have a government, or a country. We can’t wait for the remaining federal officers to try and tell some 90-year-old in a wheelchair who stormed the beaches at Normandy he can’t visit his monument.

We all know it’s the Republican-led House’s fault because of the attempts to pass a budget defunding the Affordable Healthcare Act, more often called Obamacare. No, wait, we all know it’s the Democratic-led Senate’s fault as it refuses to even consider any such bill. No, no, it’s Obama’s fault, because he said he will never compromise. Period.

Ah yes, Obamacare. The 1,900-page bill that passed without anyone ever reading it. The bill — now law — that has divided this country more than anything else in recent history.

Because everyone understands it.

It’s as clear as the nose on your face. It’s as clear as mud. Obamacare will provide affordable health insurance for everyone. It will issue fines on those who can’t afford the insurance. The various tiers make it available to all. The wealthy will fund the poor. You can choose your doctor. You can’t. Every major corporation will turn full-time employees into part-time to avoid the insurance. You won’t lose your life savings over a medical emergency. Every American has the right to health insurance. Your taxes will go up. Small companies will go bankrupt. You have to take one of these plans even if your employer offers you insurance. That’s absurd, no you don’t.

No one understands it. Even the millions who tried to sign up on the government’s and various state websites on Tuesday don’t understand it, because they couldn’t even get onto the website for further information. Hardly anyone was able to enroll. A rather ominous start, we’d say.

The Newnan Times-Herald is embarking on a series over the next few days looking at Obamacare. We’ll be including national stories from the Associated Press, along with more localized stories from our own reporters. Our goal is to help you better understand what Obamacare is and is not. We want you to be informed. This issue will not go away and will play the biggest role in the 2014 elections. An informed voter is a smart voter. An uninformed voter is a dangerous voter.

The series starts today.



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