Change That Matters
Mercer County Young Democrats - Coming Soon!
The Mercer County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Mercer County Court House Auditorium.
The Mercer County Young Democrats meet the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in the Richardson-Bretz Building (Behind the Mercer County Library). Please visit our Facebook Group for more info/ up to date info.
Chairperson – Craig Klopfleisch
Vice Chairperson – Deb Sneddon
Secretary – Mauri Cron
Treasurer – Mike Heitkamp
A message from the organizers of Fair Districts Fair Elections: Kathy, I really appreciate your hard work in Mercer County. The activists in your county did such a good job. Mercer County was one of eight that hit the 5% target. Please let everyone know how much the...read more
Readers write Change takes work A few years ago, I decided I needed to change my kitchen. I wanted to open it up so that traffic would flow easily, especially when we were entertaining. I spent several months looking at other kitchen plans and asking people what they...read more
A message from the organizers of Fair Districts Fair Elections:
I really appreciate your hard work in Mercer County. The activists in your county did such a good job. Mercer County was one of eight that hit the 5% target. Please let everyone know how much the team here in Columbus appreciate the generous contribution to the ballot committee and the energy that you all put into collecting signatures. You all have bragging rights!
Let me know if you have suggestions for inspiring volunteers in the surrounding counties.
Thank you, thank you and thank you!
Change takes work
A few years ago, I decided I needed to change my kitchen. I wanted to open it up so that traffic would flow easily, especially when we were entertaining. I spent several months looking at other kitchen plans and asking people what they thought I could do. I finally decided to take out the bar and put in an island instead. I called a contractor to give me an estimate and his ideas on what should be done. I liked some
of his ideas, but his price was more than I wanted to pay. The big thing that we agreed upon was that my original plan would relieve the congestion in my kitchen and that some of his ideas would make the kitchen both attractive and functional. But there was a whole lot that we did not agree upon. So, I continued to think about some of his ideas to see if any could enhance my own plan.
I finally decided to take the big step to start the renovation even though I knew some issues might cause big problems, like the size and shape of the island, if moving some cabinets around and having a couple built would really work, when to redo the flooring, and if I could get some new appliances I wanted. Creating the island immediately relieved the congestion in the kitchen and I was very pleased. However, we spent several months living with an island top that was a painted piece of wood. The new cabinet we had built did not exactly match our other cabinets. So, we had to find a fix for that. But after about a year and numerous headaches, we have a kitchen that is extremely functional and very lovely.
But why would you care about my kitchen?
My renovation work is kind of like the current state of health care in this nation. Just as I knew I wanted a kitchen that was more functional, our nation has known for many years that our health care system needed some overhaul.
Under President Obama’s presidency a health-care bill was passed to do many of the things that Americans wanted. It covered people with pre-existing conditions, took away lifetime caps and allowed children to stay on their parents’ plans. It gave health insurance to millions of people who never before could afford it. That gave hope, health and life to many people.
However, like my kitchen renovation, the ACA has run into other problems that may not have been fully anticipated. I didn’t throw away my whole house because I ran into some problems. I looked for solutions to make my kitchen wonderful. We need to find solutions to the health-care plan
because the premiums and deductibles are too high for many people. I do not know these solutions, but my guess is that if enough people put their heads together to find a solution instead of just blaming each other, one will be found.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth. Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert found we process information in two steps. First, we accept information as true, then we interrogate whether it may actually be false. We often don’t have the time or energy/resources to take the second step, and when we hear the lie again and again it unfortunately becomes the truth, especially if it supports our worldview.
On March 15, 2017, an editorial by a Mr. Beougher seems to have formed many truths from what I will argue are lies told over and over again. First, he states that ObamaCare is a government-run system. It does legislate what insurance companies must do and cannot do. It does give poor people the choice to have health care — Medicaid, a government run system. Mr. Beougher may someday well benefit from Medicaid. But the rest of the ACA with all its correctable faults does not fit the definition of a government-run health care system. Preventing insurance companies from using
more than 20 percent of our premiums to pay for operations (80 percent must be spent on our health care needs) or preventing them from setting yearly limits or lifetime caps and allowing someone to stay on his or her parents’ insurance are regulations imposed on the insurance companies. But does that make the insurance companies part of our government? I missed that clause in our Constitution. I cannot fault Mr. Beougher for believing in the “government-run” lie since it has been repeated over and over again. I do fault him for not taking the second step to reason whether it may actually be false. Are insurance companies government entities? Even if so, his insinuation that we the American people don’t want what he apparently calls government-run health care does not square with recent polling.
He raises an issue of transparency and complains about closed doors in legislating the ACA (ObamaCare). He apparently does not watch C-SPAN which regularly broadcasts the proceedings of our legislatures. The ACA was debated in the legislatures over 18 months and had 79 hearings with over 100 expert witness testimonials. The Republicans were present for those debates. There was tons of press coverage and many hearings were telecast on C-SPAN. Did he see the recent news cast showing Rand Paul hunting for the AHCA plan (Paul Ryan’s GOP plan) which was rumored to be kept in a vault somewhere in the Congress? And just think how long this AHCA bill was been debated in the House. I think it was less than 48 hours. How does that compare to the ACA deliberations? Due deliberation indeed.
I too have on too many occasions not taken Mr. Gilbert’s second step interrogating a heard “so-called fact” to determine if it may actually be true or false. For health care debates, it literally may be a life-or-death situation for many people if we don’t question statements and seek the truth.
Harvard doctors say “that repealing Obamacare would directly result in 43,956 deaths per year.” This is scary for someone with a family member whose life may depend on the health care law. I hope none of you find yourself or a loved one as one in that number.