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Off The Editor’s Desk – 2-3-2016

Affordable Health Care, not so affordable

A couple of weeks ago we printed a half page report about the Affordable Health Care law and open enrollment time period. Well, several people approached me over this past week about their attempt to enroll, but found it was too expensive for them to get coverage.

Even our own 24-year-old granddaughter attempted to enroll and found that if she and her husband signed up, it would take half of her monthly income to pay the premium.

If anyone else had that result, please send me a note and I would like to know how the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) is affecting citizens in western Wisconsin.

Maybe part of the problem is that our economy stinks. I know as a small business owner, I have noticed that sales have dropped. And, in my case they have fallen each year in the last seven. Our best year was when George W. Bush was president and sales have fallen each year that Obama has been president. I wish I could blame him, but I can’t.

“The U.S. economy has just suffered through the worse ten-year period in terms of economic growth since the Great Depression. This lost decade of despair and hopelessness has lead to more than six million more Americans aged 16-64 dropping out of the workforce than would normally be expected.” This is according to Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government.

“Yet, rather than help the economy, President Obama’s pen and phone have energized an alphabet soup of federal agencies to enact expensive, job strangling regulations that are turning towns in Kentucky into ghost towns and replacing store clerks with self-help checkout stands.

While denying the transport of oil through the efficient and safe Keystone XL pipeline, they are also making it significantly expensive to ship oil by rail at the exact time oil producers are struggling for every cent due to falling prices.

Non-union manufacturers are being harassed as OSHA is now allowing union representatives to participate in safety inspections of their shops.

Potential copper mines are being stymied, farmers are being threatened with EPA inspections of their land, and coal leases on federal lands have been stopped.

Even those who need a woodburning stove to keep warm in the winter are now forced to buy top of the line models costing five figures or go cold.”

My hope is that Paul Ryan can move forward with a bill that forces the president to conform to Article I of the Constitution. It states in one sentence where the power is: “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representative.”

Just a little note of humor about the words in the Constitution. Article II states that “the executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the Term of four Years.” What I would like to call your attention to is the words “He and his”.  I can’t I find any reference to allow a female to be President. Don’t call me on the carpet for that statement, but it is just to let you know about what I found reading my copy of the law of our land.

Even as late as 1967, in Amendment 25, which talks about when the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office, those two words, “His and he” are contained. But no mention of she or hers. I am taking it for granted that we can elect a female to that office.

Thanks for reading.     ~Carlton