To the editor:
Representative “Where’s Scotty?” Tipton claims in your paper that he fought to keep government open. Not true. Tipton and his GOP buddies fought to negate the normal processes of democracy, i.e. elections and legislation, by trying to make an end run around a law with which they disagree. Tipton claims that “The Senate refused to negotiate on any portion of Obamacare,”
Obamacare, aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a law. The negotiation process was in Congress from 2009 to 2010. Negotiations are over.
What is this “fair treatment for all Americans” stuff? Is it fair to be denied health insurance for a pre-existing condition? How about for a child with a pre-existing condition? Who are these “all Americans” you’re concerned about? Union construction workers with multiple employers? Oh, yes, you’re such a great advocate for union members, I’m sure that your concern is sincere (not).
I agree with you that there should be no special treatment for Congress. You should definitely sign up and pay for insurance on the ACA health exchanges, rather than getting the free taxpayer-paid plan you enjoy now. Therefore, stop paying yourself during a government shutdown. You can keep paying your poor secretarial and clerical staff, though — they should get paid the rest of the year, since they do the real work of your office.