Tonawanda News — Once upon a time a man went around the whole country telling people he would give them access to affordable health insurance if they voted for him for president.
As it turns out, people really like being able to afford a doctor when they’re sick so they did it and he won the election.
Then, to everyone’s shock and horror, he proceeded to do exactly what he’d promised. He got those mean, grumbly congressmen to go along with the plan. The law was passed and lots of people had lots to say about it, some good things and some very bad, no-good rotten things.
Then, a few years later that man who went around the country the first time promising he would give people access to affordable health insurance had to do it again. And because people still liked going to doctors when they’re sick, they voted for him again and he won again.
Now, because they lost in two elections, the people who said the very bad, no-good rotten things about that man who got all those votes have discovered they don’t like losing very much at all. And they’ve taken their ball and they’re going home. Harumph!
Except not really because this is the real world and not a fairy tale. Decisions have consequences.
Thankfully, I can still kick back, drink a good beer and watch a baseball game to calm my nerves. Tell that to the 800,000 federal employees who got a pink slip at midnight Tuesday.
Of course, this is a manufactured crisis. Republicans have decided repealing Obamacare is the most important thing in the history of the world — some have likened it to defeating the Nazis, I kid you not — they’ve decided to shut down the government rather than let it happen.