An Iceberg in the way

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Fixing a problem before it is too late.

The setting is 1911, on a rather warm winter morning with a heavy fog rolling in, three men drinking tea by the harbor having a somewhat heated discussion about the newly built passenger liner extraordinaire called the Titanic. Theodore, a young man from the southern region was explaining passionately to his close friends Marcus and Randall about the potential danger of this enormous maiden voyage that was soon to be. It was all everyone was talking about. “Sure it looks beautiful and is unique, but looks can be deceiving!” exclaimed Theodore. The other two understood all too well of how important this event was to those who spent enormous amounts of money to make this thing possible. Randall was angry at how much more money was involved than was first realized in making this boat. He said it has “doubled” in price from what he was first told.

Marcus too, was a young man but wise beyond his years. “We must find a way to stop this voyage; it is not ready for such a trip” he said as he poured more tea into his comrades cups. “It is not designed well, and has way too many flaws that could lead to a disaster, if not fixed properly”.

It was as if these guys already knew about the upcoming tragedy that was about to unfold. “Perhaps we must speak to the Captain about our knowledge and persuade him to postpone this journey, until we can have some corrections put forth” said Theodore. All of them agreed that morning that they use whatever powers they had to relay this message not just to the Captain, but to everyone, especially those who are so eager to be the first ones aboard.

The Captain was outraged by the notion of halting this expedition across the Atlantic. This had been his dream of nearly five years to show the world that such a ship was now here and NOBODY was going to get in his way.

Cruz, Rubio and Paul (alias:Theodore, Marco, and Randall)
Cruz, Rubio and Paul (alias:Theodore, Marco, and Randall)

Jump ahead 102 years later.

Well, as you all know how this story ended. Not too many knew about Theodore, Marcus and Randall. How they knew about the upcoming tragedy, and how they passionately wanted to make radical changes to that ship, so harm would not be imposed, but rather fixed in a fashion that ALL would be safe.

Okay, getting to my point here. Let’s move forward a hundred years to Washington DC. Three men named Ted, Marco and Rand, all having a similar discussion about The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called the Affordable Care Act or yet even better known as simply “Obamacare”.

They too, as the characters I described drinking tea that cold winter morning, know there is a tragedy about to unfold. “Sure it looks beautiful and is unique, but looks can be deceiving!” exclaimed Ted.

Rand too, reminds us all that what was told to all of us that it would cost $898 billion over ten years, has now been estimated at $1.6 trillion, nearly doubling at the signing of this bill!

These three men along with a handful of other “tea-party” conservatives see the danger. Our Captain has been warned, yet he is headstrong into making this ACA its maiden voyage despite the warnings.

Okay, I made up the little story at the beginning about the three men and the Titanic, but I am not making up about the efforts of a few strong, passionate conservatives that do see some real problems in this bill, that Nancy Pelosi had the gall to say we must PASS this bill first before we know what all is in it. I find this remarkable just how poor our leadership is, and how they carelessly act in spending our money upon a bill that is going to radically change our system. They are demonizing those who want to merely revisit a bad bill, and try to make it better before it becomes a hardship among American citizens.

Despite the attempts of placing blame upon those on the right, I am proud that we have a few good men on the Hill, who are doing what they know to be right. To stand firm on principals, and doing whatever they can to avoid hitting an iceberg that could sink us all.

Who knows, maybe one of them will be POTUS one day.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

I have read your hub with interest. Totally agree. Our present health care system is good and operating functionally the way it is now. Obama"care" equals the Titanic disaster. Obamacare will do nothing but further bankrupt this country into a deeper, abysmal black hole. Anyone who applauds this fiasco of a health care system is totally amiss and is living in psychedelic, fantasy land,not reality.

I have done extensive reading on Obama"care" and it's NOT pretty at all. There is more NEGATIVES than positives regarding this"health" care system. I really find it hard to fathom why so many people are for this. Really, c'mon now. Socialized health care means a lower quality of health care. It's about TIME that there are PROTESTS against this abominable health care system. Obamacare is leaving a sour, rancid taste in my mouth and churning my stomach. I am TOTALLY AGAINST this socioeconomic fiasco! Obama is leading this country towards socialism bit by bit by bit! MANY people who have voted for him are NOW REGRETTING it dearly!


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Hello Chris, job well done on this Hub. It is sad, but so many of our citizens still believe this is free health care provided by the government, they don't understand why anyone would want to stop or delay Obamacare. They of course blame the Republicans for trying to screw them out of an "entitlement."

So how do we get the truth out there so they truly understand the future implications of this disaster? I don't know so I am asking you. They don't watch the news or read the paper, but they do listen to their neighbor who is grossly misinformed like they are.

Many of them do believe the original lies that were told regarding Obamacare. Lies about keeping your own insurance and doctor, and how much cheaper this insurance would be.

I do know that many who tried to sign up are suffering severe sticker shock after they saw the price for family coverage. In some cases, the cost was triple what they are currently paying.

Once again our government has taken something that is only slightly broken, and rather than attempting to fix it they threw it away to replace it with the Obamacare nightmare.

Keep spreading the word Chris, perhaps someone will read it that still believes all the lies.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi GM!

You are right, it is just a slow process, but we are inching slowly towards a socialistic society. We will regret it someday, if we don't nip this in the bud REAL soon.

I appreciate your visit and words.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Hi Mike!!!

Great to hear from you!

It still bothers me to think that 15% of our citizens were without insurance, so the liberals actually thought it would be best to fix the system for 100% of our Nation, instead of addressing those 15%. Half of that 15% simply CHOOSE NOT to be on insurance...so it is more like 7 or 8%.

Anyway, I still have an ounce of hope left that we can at least stop a partial part of this bill.

Thanks for your visit!

Chris


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

CMerritt, it is the typical misguided Lieberal mentality not to address the issue re: health insurance at hand. Math challenged would be an apt word here. There is a marked difference between 15% and 100%. Maybe that is why our educational system is failing hmmm. Many Liberals, I prefer the word Lieberals, love to go about things the asinine way. Instituting a practical, workable solution is too difficult for them. That would mean intelligent organizing and strategizing and-WORK! Work is a 4-letter word to many Liberals.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

That is why those who pay no taxes at all could care less if the tax rate were to increase to 100%. They are smart enough to know this would still mean nothing out of their pockets, but probably new and better "entitlements" for them.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I have heard is said by others....and I am waiting on answers...but, Why is it the liberals are NOT promoting the good things that are supposed to be in the ACA?

My thought is, because there is NOTHING positive for the Average hard working American who is going benefit from this.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Oh THEY are but it is just parroting without any deep analytical thinking. If anyone uses deductive and inductive reasoning or just plain commonsense, one would see the utter fallacy of Obama"care" from the beginning. Commonsense dictates that Obamacare is going to bankrupt the country. Obama, "genius", is not thinking of adding jobs and stimulating the economy. OH NO, his main emphasis is on Obama"care". See, "genius"! He intends to socialize medicine and health care. This man is POISON!


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

BINGO! Common Sense is the key word here. It is non-existent in this administration. Apparently, things does not have to make "sense" as long as Obama says it is so.

We have an enormous group of people who really don't understand, nor care about the impact of Obama and his ideology. As long as they are able to feed at the trough, they tend to be satisfied.

It is up the the "thinking" and hard working people of this nation to stand on principals and do the right thing, even if it hurts.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Great cautionary article. Great creativity about the Titanic. Thank you for sounding the approach of the iceberg.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Thank YOU MsDora!!

I always feel honored when you drop by and leave your very kind remarks.

Blessings to you

Chris


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Perhaps this is slightly off topic, but it seems from early reports the only one's who will benefit from Obamacare are the one's who will get subsidies. Everyone else is suffering from severe sticker shock when they learn what their new insurance rates will be.

They now know beyond the shadow of doubt that Obama saying it would be cheaper was a flat out lie. They also have learned that Obama saying you can keep your existing insurance and your same Doctor was a lie. Some insurance companies have already sent out notices they will not be renewing any existing healthcare policies.

Now, it is doubtful that everyone will ever admit they swallowed the lies, but they did.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I'm sure there are going to be some on here who will try to say differently and some will merely try to "sugar-coat" it.

But the bottom line is Mike, that you just flat out told it like it is!

That is what I love about you....you have a way of just getting to the point.

That facts are starting to roll in...and they can be stubborn things, but it is quite apparent that he has indeed lied to us.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Old Poolman, of course, the people who love Obama"care" are the ones who DO receive subsidies. No one in their right thinking minds,if uninsured, is going to apply for insurance under the exchange. Someone indicated that the premiums once Obamacare kicks in, will increase. Obama"care" is a scam. That man is going to bankrupt the country. It is HIS intention.

I watched a dvd program called Agenda, Grinding America Down. It states that the intention of the Left is create America into a socialist and ultimately communist state. The program further indicated that since the 1960s, the Left wanted to disintegrate American society by implementing social and welfare programs. It discusses Barack Obama who from his communist inculcation is anti-American. PLEASE purchase this dvd and watch. It can be purchased through Amazon. Obama is a liar and dangerous. Titanic is approaching the iceberg. Many people, enthralled with Obama, refuse to see it!


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

The scary thing is guys, it is NOT hard to see what is going on. Just look at what is going on, and evaluate it. Honestly.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

We will end up with people not eligible for subsides joining those who are currently uninsured. A self employed father of 6 children was paying slightly over $400 per month on his current plan. He received a letter from his insurance company stating his current policy will not meet the criteria of Obamacare, and his new premium for the approved coverage will now be $1700 per month. For those who don't like simple math, this is over three times as much as he was paying.

He stated he can't afford that monthly charge and his family will now be uninsured.

Of course members of Congress and their entire staffs will still get their subsides. The anticipated huge numbers of young people are not signing up for Obamacare. The actual cost of this program is yet to be seen, but it will be a huge number.

I'm wondering if now that Obamacare is law, if Obama will still want this monstrosity to go down in history as his legacy?


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Some of these stories are starting to roll in. Time is telling!

The fact that members of congress excluded themselves from this is also telling.

Wake up folks!

I really wonder if Obama really has a clue to the damage he is causing?


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, Obama and his paid liar Jay Carney still deny that thousands of workers being cut back to 30 or less hours per week has hurt the economy. According to a recent speech made by Obama, this cut back in hours for employees is just not happening.

His saying it made me feel better until I remembered that two of my own children have been cut to 29 or less hours per week. Others who are looking for work are told the only jobs available are part-time.

Dream on Obama, or perhaps they don't talk about this on the golf course.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Sometimes I think that he thinks he can just say whatever he wants and does not need to be held accountable.

He is not a leader, in any way, shape or form. He has done more to divide this nation than anybody in my lifetime.

He is a hypocrite, he lies, and very disingenious.

I hope and pray that we can have the pendulam swing back to the right in 2014.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris, I would bet that three or four of the hubber's I follow could have sat at a table and drafted a better plan than Obamacare. You of course would be seated at that table.

Just the collateral damage from this horrible plan will take years to repair, if it can be repaired that is.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

I haven't done my research to varify, but according to Limbaugh on his one-minute news story on the radio.

There has only been a little over 51,000 people to sign up for Obamacare. They needed 7 million just to break even. They spent OVER $600 Million just to developed the website.

This whole thing is going to eat itself. The repubicans may be best off, to a back off and let it self-destruct.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

My exact thoughts Chris. It is too late to stop this monster, so my vote is to let Obama and the Democrats own it just like it is. Obama wanted this to be his legacy and it will be.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

There IS a reason as to why our POTUS approval rating has dropped to a 37%, and dropping.

Now, we need more guys like Cruz who is standing on principals, and NOT worrying about polls or critics.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Those guys are out there if they could find a way into the system Chris. If every candidate was given exactly the same amount of campaign finances to work with, the candidate field would change quickly.

Have you ever wondered why anyone would put up a few million of their own money to get one of these cushy chairs? My guess would be they plan to make that back plus a whole bunch more after they are elected.

It is difficult for a poor man to compete with multi-millionairs in an election. Besides using their own money, the rich guys get campaign contributions from their rich buddies in return for favors after they win the election.

Correct me if I am wrong, but don't they call this corruption?


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

No doubt it IS indeed corruption.

In reality, I don't ever seeing this being fixed. I think, like you said, until we have term limits on these guys, be it constitutionally or by the power of the people waking up and merely voting incumbents out, and new ones in.....we will be stuck with the big, fat, rich career guys who have been bought and paid for, by even richer, fatter guys.


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

Chris - Your right about not being able to stop this. But that is while we have the Fox guarding the Hen House. What if we were able to get rid of the Fox? If a few of these guys enjoyed some years in one of the Country Club prisons this would at least be reduced. The biggest problem is they feel they are untouchables, and perhaps they are.


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana Author

Nothing would make me happier than to see Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi being held accountable for their atrocious actions! Throw McCain and McConnell in there too, just to be fair.

You are exactly right though...we need more than a band aid to stop this bleeding.

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