PENNSYLVANIA, September 24, 2010- Few things divide the American voter more than taxes and health care. All over the country there have been Senate races where two these two issues have come up as major sticking points in campaigns and polls. Everyone has to pay taxes, and everyone has to go to the doctor every now and then. And it is extremely expensive to go to the doctor if you don’t have insurance. In Pennsylvania, we have two candidates for Arlen Specter’s senate seat in November. Democrat Joe Sestak and Republican Pat Toomey couldn’t be more opposite in their opinions when it comes to this issue. Sestak being a Democrat is of course towing the company line and saying he is in support of President Obama’s federal health care plan, while Mr. Toomey is dead set against it saying that there is too much government influence on too many everyday issues to begin with.
With all due respect to Mr. Toomey, I believe he is horribly mistaken on the health care issue. As soon as President Obama even mentioned something about the health care bill, Republicans have been crowing about how the health care bill will do everything from giving doctors to arbitrarily decide the fate of the elderly to forcing people to get health care. And here in Pennsylvania, you cannot turn the television on without seeing Pat Toomey talking about how he opposes the Obama health care plan saying that it is going to give more power to the government when it comes to controlling your everyday life. Mr. Toomey, you are either sorely mistaken or terribly misinformed.
Nobody is going to start killing off the elderly like the Republicans are saying or forcing anyone to get health care. The whole point of the health care bill is anyone who wants to get health care can do it and it will be more affordable for them. So maybe a single parent wouldn’t have to work two or three jobs for the extra money in case their son or daughter gets sick and has to pay full cost for the antibiotics. What the Republicans do not realize is that the things they want to get rid of because they think that it will save us a bit more money affects children too. Toomey is right along line in this belief of getting rid of the health care bill and almost every single campaign ad he has shown on television has expressed this belief. Matter of fact, it has become a major issue in Pennsylvania. Just like it has all over the country.
Oh, and by the way, those lovable little scamps that Pat Toomey trots out during all of his ads to show he’s a good man just because he fathered a couple of kids; if he wins the Senate seat they are going to be getting free health care. Yeah, he won’t have to pay a dime if his kids fall off a bike and get hurt, or have to go to the emergency room with a fever. They will get it all for free because their father would then be a Senator. Which is a better deal than what even the Obama heath care package is offering. See what’s happening here? He can say whatever he wants while he’s applying for the job; because once he’s hired none of what he’s against will apply to him anymore.