Friday, March 28, 2014

DEAR SEN VITTER - GEORGE W BUSH DID IT, TOO!

Fox News and friends, including Sen David Vitter (R-LA), are freaking out over President Obama's extension by a few days of the deadline for the sign-up period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Once again, Republicans demonstrate signs of impaired memory about the rollout of Medicare Part D under President George W Bush.

Below is the text of my letter to Sen David Vitter in response to his recent email suggesting that I send him my ideas on Obamacare.

Dear Sen. Vitter,

Your recent email on Obamacare is nothing but a load of malarkey.  If you see those words as acceptable, you must really think I'm stupid.  After a bad start, Obamacare is doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing.  Perhaps your memory is not entirely clear about the rocky beginning and the extension of the deadline in the rollout of Medicare Part D under President George W. Bush.
'In May of 2006, just days before the end of open enrollment, President Bush took administrative action to waive “penalty fees for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities who sign up late” and allowed “the same impoverished beneficiaries to sign up for Medicare drug coverage until Dec. 31.”

“In other words, you can apply after May 15th without penalty,” Bush told seniors during an event in Florida. “And that’s important for low-income seniors to understand.”
Republicans seem to have selective memory recall about the periods in recent history when they were running the show.  Why not spend your time and our tax dollars doing something useful, such as helping the uninsured in Louisiana obtain health insurance, rather than repeatedly harping on the evils of the Obama administration?  The constant reiteration of the same old, same old is beyond tiresome.

Thank you for your attention.

6 comments:

Nij said...

Thank you!

Grandmère Mimi said...

You're quite welcome. It was a pleasure. :-)

Anonymous said...

As a Christian yourself approaching the beginning of Holy Week, you might also remind the "selective memory recall" members of the "preach it on the street corners" Christian Republicans of how they remind many others of the person who asked Jesus..."What is truth?" just before having him executed for crimes against religious and political powers.

Harvey

Grandmère Mimi said...

Harvey, you just did it for me. Thank you.

Paul (A.) said...

Not to mention that the ACA specifically empowers the administration "to set dates for enrollment", as noted here.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Not to mention... Also, Obama is a dictator, or a jack-booted thug, or..., or..., or... Pick your label.