Ahead of a likely U.S. House vote on a government funding bill, Yahoo asked conservative and Republican voters whether they’d prefer their representatives vote to fund the government or gut the Affordable Care Act. Here’s one voter’s perspective.
COMMENTARY | Does a choice exist? A choice always exists. I predict painful choices forced on many.
Rep. C. W. Bill Young is my representative in Congress, from Florida’s 13th district. As the longest-serving Republican in Congress, a former chairman and long-term member of the House Appropriations committee, he wields great influence. I agree with his criticism of economic policies and the budget situation. I expect he feels the pressure of Friday’s vote. Young is among the 127 in the House who signed the letter pledging to defund Obamacare, but his vote for the 2012 bill providing the last-moment funding of the government means the tea party faction regards him with disdain.
I recently lost my job to health-related concerns. My options for Medicaid assistance were slowed by sequestration in the last spending “compromise.” Our efforts to keep our family afloat are being unintentionally sabotaged by both the budget compromise and the Affordable Care Act.
My wife stepped up to the plate and went out and got two part-time jobs in addition to running her own business. Yesterday, she got word that there was no chance of her expanding to full-time at either job while the matter of government mandated “affordable health care” hangs over the heads of small business. The loophole of creating 28-hour-a-week employees is by far the more attractive option, according to her employers. Some in Washington have said that was unforeseen.
As a small-business owner, my wife wanted to hire help, but the economic downturn since 2008 and the potential for health care costs is causing her to seriously rethink auctioning off her fixtures and inventory. She faults President Obama and the Democrat Party.
My fiscally conservative answer would be to do both. My rationale is any addition to small-business overhead can only add to cost, reducing the income of the small business. I would rather not see our small business on an endangered species list.
A less optimistic person might agree with H.L. Mencken: “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” The optimist in me sees more changes coming.
I would not be surprised if retirement looms for C.W. Bill Young.
I am a registered independent voter in Largo, Fla. My political views are fiscally conservative but socially liberal.