“I Haven’t Come That Far”

When Donald Trump won the Presidential Primary, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan couldn’t bring himself to endorse the Republican nominee for President. Ryan just didn’t understand that to run a political railroad, it is the duty of the Speaker of the House and Leader of the Senate to make the call “All Aboard.” Both the Speaker of the House and the Leader of the Senate are part of the dark ages when it comes to writing legislation, which is their main function. Their anti-diluvium method of a committee to work in secrecy to write a bill does not work.  The committee should post a draft of the bill on a webpage with an update every day. The rule should be: It is not enough to just say no! Every Congressional person’s comments needs to be posted on the website with their proposal on appropriate improvements of the drafted law.

With our Internet technology, the drafting of our laws can truly be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” The role of the responsible committee is to prepare a statement on what the proposed law is to establish and what legislation needs in order to achieve this goal. The committee is a coordinator of the new law and they need to make it clear that comments are welcomed to ensure for an information base that involves a diversity of expertise. A daily update ensures for transparency on what is being considered for inclusion in the new law. It is the role of our elected Congress to sort out what goes into the proposed law. Further, it is the role of the media to convey to the public only what has been stated on the website daily updates and not speculate and cloud the issues with their spin and bias on what the new law will or will not do. Freedom of speech and opinion should not be contaminated with fake news. Many journalists lose credibility during their interviews by asking “gotcha” questions to support their biased views. The legislative body needs to keep the process of writing the law on schedule and ensure that necessary comments are incorporated and that every House or Senate commentator is “On Board”.

Polls show that Congress has now achieved their lowest performance rating, as all members cannot seem get onboard and are creating chaos by becoming resistors or just a wild card. The biggest example of why Congress is unable to achieve consensus is that of the healthcare legislation. Congress’ problem in the repeal and replacement of Obamacare with a new healthcare bill is that they are trying to find one peg to fit all holes. From one person to another person and from one State to another State, there are just too many variables to find one premium for healthcare that fits all circumstances. There is no problem when an individual buys auto insurance, life insurance, homeowners insurance or supplemental insurance for Medicare. All these coverages are based on what the individual chooses rather than the Government telling the person what he or she has to sign up for. Perhaps the easiest way for healthcare to be handled is to have the Government assume the risk for catastrophic ailments, pre-existing aliments and long-term care. Basic medical care should allow for all national insurance companies to be able to provide healthcare coverage in all States based on local experience, as that which is being done for house fires or car insurance. It is due to a lack of knowledge that our elected officials in Congress are able to cop-out with “I haven’t come that far.”

Government involvement in national healthcare will do a lot to overcome and prevent lifelong medical disabilities and the collateral risk of economic ruin for our citizens. Healthcare should ensure for immediate treatment to prevent irreversible health disabilities and promote a healthy lifestyle. Congressional Legislators should lose credibility when they fail to “Get Onboard” by not stating what a proposed law needs to include. Our Senate has earned the title of being incompetent buffoons when they could not put together a health plan for the citizens of our nation that is as good as the healthcare program they voted years ago for themselves.

Our Congress just have not been able to “come that far” for the American citizens on health care. Congress has no excuse for legislative non-performance.  Mitch McConnell stated that President Trump’s “legislation expectations are too high.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, get to work like the rest of the country and earn your living!

About David V. MacCollum 64 Articles
David V. MacCollum is a past president of the American Society of Safety Engineers and was a member of the first U.S. Secretary of Labor's Construction Safety Advisory Committee [1969-1972]. He is the author of: Construction Safety Planning (Jun 16, 1995) Crane Hazards and Their Prevention (Jan 1, 1991) Construction Safety Engineering Principles (McGraw-Hill Construction Series): Designing and Managing Safer Job Sites Jan 8, 2007) Building Design and Construction Hazards (May 15, 2005)