Difference between what is and what should be

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Anyone who’s been paying attention to the shenanigans in Washington, D.C., has a real reason to become concerned about the direction our country is headed.

Before we get too much further, this isn’t about the president or the numerous accusations being hurled at his work or his character. This is more of a blanket discussion, covering everybody that works in the miasma of federal government.

And miasma it is. Instead of the general body working to right the wrongs of this country — for this writing we’ll just say Obamacare — there’s squabbling and finger-pointing and incriminations and nothing is getting done.

The original promise was to repeal. Then it became repeal and replace. Now it’s replace, and with a version of a bill that is the same wolf in different sheep’s clothing.

That’s not what’s supposed to happen.

Of course, if you listen to the national news networks, it’s all doom and gloom and the death of millions of people, which very well may happen. But what’s missing from the argument is that there is no reason whatsoever for the government to be involved in health care. Instead, the discussion has been framed about the consequences of the government not being the driving force for health care.

I’m pretty doggone bothered by the government for forcing its way into areas where it doesn’t belong, and I’m equally bothered by the facts that the nation allowed it to happen, and that we’ve come to expect government largesse.

There are many ways to solve the problems of health insurance in this country, and frankly none of them involve the government. In fact, the government is essentially responsible for the mess the health insurance industry is in; and through regulations, ridiculous rules and requirements and unnecessary meddling, medical costs have risen.

It’s been outlined many times. Get rid of Obamacare completely. Take the arbitrary limitations off of insurance sales. Reform the FDA and speed up the medication approval process. Institute tort reform.

All of those things will go a long way to solve the problems, and it would be easy to set up backstops to help the unfortunate.

There’s only one way to get this to happen, though. We have to hold our representatives’ feet to the fire.

It’s no longer acceptable to have our government do what they think is best. It’s that kind of thinking that got us here in the first place. Right now, there’s quite a bit of elitism by elected officials. They need reminding of why they’re up there in the first place.

Call, write, email, smoke signal or text your congresspeople. Keep them to their promises, and remind them that government is for the people, not the other way around.

It’s time to pull back the reins.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.

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