The Government Shut Down
I’ve got a bone to pick.
99+% of the materials we post on our website are first discovered on PubMed, the incredible search tool for the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Their employees tirelessly add new peer-reviewed journal materials to this immense database, so that professionals LIKE US can keep abreast of the newest studies. That is the core of evidence-based progress.
So here’s my bone: Most of the employees from NLM have been sent home, because Congress is playing political hardball.
That means I can’t locate new journal materials for our edification.
Now I’m REALLY upset.
So, it’s time to consider what these political idiots are up to, and we all KNOW the game they play.
A recent survey of Republicans is most revealing:
When asked if they like ObamaCare, only 11% responded favorably.
When asked if they liked the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 25% responded favorably.
Do you see the problem yet? 13% of these folks don’t even know what the ACA is. Sadly, the number is probably much, much higher. All they need to hear is the word Obama, and they are immediately against it…no matter what it is.
Our government has been shut down because a group of individuals are trying to demolish or deconstruct the ACA
In particular, most medical societies support the removal of Section 2706, the provider non-discrimination provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Section 2706 makes it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against providers acting within the scope of their state licenses.
That is a personal attack against OUR profession! And it is being promulgated by politicians who are beholding to Corporate Interests, and evidently don’t have a clue what they are protesting against in the first place!
It does not matter whether you like or dislike the ACA bill. It was passed into law – fair and square – and it should be removed as a law by the normal operations of Congress, IF the will of the people reflects that wish.
BUT, putting hundreds of thousands of government workers out of a job temporarily (with NO PAY) is NOT the way to do business-as-usual. That is manipulative political terrorism, and ALL OF US are their hostages.
Congress wasted millions of dollars trying to impeach Bill Clinton for having illicit sex in the White House.
Maybe it’s time to impeach those morons who are destabilizing our government and our economy to make one more stupid point, when they haven’t the gumption (or support) to repeal a law they dislike.