If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. I get it. I certainly made every effort during my professional career to provide adequate healthcare benefits and vacation time for my employees. I was the CEO; it was my job to provide work for my mechanics. When work was scarce, we worked part time, keeping folks employed at less pay.
When I predicted in 2010 that the economy would not improve , I closed my business with my employees knowledge and encouragement.
That’s life in a small business: persevering against the odds, trying to maintain stability in a chaotic business climate, and surviving as long as possible to maintain our niche.
Contrast my perseverance in small business with the Federal Government’s perseverance on bad health care policy under President Trump.
Mitch McConnell lost support for the Republican health care policy. Fortunately, three women GOP Senators stopped him. (Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito) The vote was 48 to 4. Now McConnell intends to repeal the bill next week, though he doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/us/politics/republicans- obamacare-repeal-now-replace-later.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share The seven-year Republican quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act seemed to reach a dead end Tuesday, but President Trump vowed to “let Obamacare fail.”
Trump, whose job approval rating is at 36%, is now so angry that he has no victory on healthcare, he is blaming Democrats for this loss , when Democrats were not even involved in creating the Senate bill, nor were they being counted in the vote! He intends to “let Obamacare fail” as he stated on all the cable networks yesterday.
The ACA is still intact and only in trouble, if Congress fails to reinstate the individual mandate and the Insurance Subsidies guaranteed under the ACA. Open enrollment on the exchanges, restarts in November! New York State is open for business with many insurance companies participating. However, I’ve just heard from NPR that insurance subsidies are continuing through July, August is up to the Senate to fund? The uncertainty continues.
If the Senate bill had not been blocked, many Americans would be anticipating increased insurance premiums. Mitch McConnell doesn’t seem to understand what Repeal means for millions: no medical care for serious medical conditions, loss of insurance, cuts to Medicaid, rural hospital closures, and increased emergency room visits. No one is prepared for the ensuing chaos that will unfold. Make no mistake, millions would be immediately impacted by this thoughtless political move. Instead, why not improve the ACA by initiating minor negotiations with the insurance companies and pharmaceuticals? The Democrats are eager to offer assistance.
If McConnell were a CEO , he would most likely have been removed for non performance. However, we’re stuck. Not only does he and his coterie of followers intend to Repeal the ACA at some point in time, they are unveiling their Federal Budget next. Get ready as they pursue with vigilance draconian Tax Cuts for the wealthy, increases for Defense and you guessed it, decreases to entitlements; Social Security and Medicare, disabilities and unemployment insurance.
They are persevering. The same unpopular issues keep coming back to cripple the poor, the working poor, and the middle class. Let’s not make it easy for those espousing such bad policy. We must advocate for new revenue generation. Tax cuts for the wealthy and big business don’t help us. We know. We’ve seen that policy play out over the last lost decade of the American worker. Add these bad policies to the authorized influx of 15,000 skilled foreign labor under the H2-b visa and we have a concerted effort to further undermine the American worker.
First, they take away our good paying jobs and send them off shore. Now, they are putting our healthcare in jeopardy, and may do the same with our Social Security and Medicare. And finally, while claiming Americans first, they plan to bring 45% more skilled foreign labor to America to compete with Americans.
Too bad Trump and his administration forgot their business credentials. Keep your workforce well paid and employed and they’ll perform for you and gladly increase production. Why increase foreign participation in our workforce, when Americans are unemployed and underemployed? At record profits, why aren’t American businesses, doing business with the government, tasked with training the American workforce? In Government, it’s not worthwhile to pursue bad policy, not when you won the election on , America and Americans first!
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