By Jim Janes Anderson resident
The Herald Bulletin
---- — Gov. Mike Pence tells us about the large surplus of our tax dollars the state has. He forgot to mention some other large surpluses the state has. It has a huge surplus of hungry children, a large surplus of unemployed workers, an extra large surplus of citizens in the state with no health care insurance and he is working hard to keep it that way. His healthy Indiana plan is a product of the big insurance companies; it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. Indiana has the worst Medicaid and health care system in the country. The big insurance companies and their campaign money control the live-or-die health care system in Indiana.
Gov. Pence still has a surplus of scandal left over from the Daniels administration to clear up. Gov. Mitch Daniels told his representative to censor all those books about liberal alternatives so the people of this state will not know this old conservative government has been a 50-year failure in this state.
The Congress needs to forget all the other health care plans and vote Medicare for all. All of the citizens would be covered by the Medicare Health plan that would bring 40 to 50 million people that do not have insurance paying into the Medicare Health Plan, with a price they could afford. With a Medicare-for-all plan, hundreds of thousands of people would retire in the country, opening up jobs for others. Medicare has been in effect since 1965 — it works well. The conservatives in Congress do not want us to have any health care plan.
The Republicans control the House of Representatives with John Boehner as Speaker of the House. A typical meeting, the speaker will call the house to order, so conservative Republican members sitting there with a Bible in one hip pocket and a half pint of Calvert in the other can criticize the president. After we do that, we will adjourn and head for the cocktail lounge. With all the salaries, the office staff and all the other cost, it cost the taxpayers close to one billion dollars a year to run Congress. What do we get for our money?
The Speaker of the House sets the work schedule. The Republicans set the work schedule at 22 weeks out of a 52-week year. That’s all the Congress will work at a salary of $200,000 a year, counting benefits and other goodies. This Congress is a public embarrassment to the United States of America.