Grrr! I write another letter to Senator Mike Johanns!

I probably should have my e-mail address removed from Senator Johanns’ update list. I read these things, and I boil! So, when I found the following in my in box, I read it, hoping against hope I could handle it without feeling compulsion to respond back:

Senator Johanns e-Update
November 14, 2013

I asked to hear from you last week about how Obamacare has impacted your families. I received stories from more than one thousand Nebraskans, the majority of whom relayed details about their increased premiums and cancelled plans. When I spoke before the Senate today, I highlighted a story from one family in Boelus, Neb.

We need to address the growing problems with this failed law, which has led to millions of Americans being dropped from their insurance despite President Obama’s repeated promises that they would be able to keep their current health coverage. Unfortunately, the President is still trying to tweak the law instead of accepting that the only real solution is its full repeal. The latest tweak came today with his announcement that cancelled policies could be reissued for one more year. But, many experts have said there simply isn’t time to reinstate policies cancelled by Obamacare. President Obama promised that if Americans liked their plans, then they could keep them. He didn’t say they could keep them for one more year. Let’s be clear, this isn’t a fix.

This law is broken and even its supporters are beginning to understand that. The President is simply trying to convince them to accept tweaks when the only real solution is a full repeal.


He posted this video on his e-mail as well.

God help me, but I sent the good Senator yet another rant on the Affordable Care law:

Dear Senator Johanns:

Why don’t we forget the many millions who now don’t have to worry about getting health care because of a pre-existing condition, all those people under 26 years old who can continue on their parents’ health care insurance, those with major health issues who don’t have to worry about lifetime caps, or those too caught up in Republican and Koch brother distortions about the law to realize that the alternative proposed by the Republicans is nothing, nada, zero change to the shameful health care system in this country where one in four Texans (for the worst example I’m aware of) are without affordable insurance? As best I can tell, that’s what your party stands for.

In the meantime, while you and your party are worrying the healthcare website bone to death, nothing is happening toward immigration reform (even the one your TP colleague Senator Rubio was involved in and the Senate passed…), a comprehensive job creation plan, long term funding for the US Government (which many in your party seem to forget pays them, courtesy of people like me the taxpayer, at least $174,000 a year – wasted money! – for doing damn little but obstructing any forward movement in anything), education (the cornerstone of our nation’s future), the infrastructure (may you NOT be on any bridge crumbling into the Mississippi!), or anything else that truly matters to anyone outside of the Congress and its bunker in Washington.

As someone who has a pre-existing condition (Wegener’s granulomatosis), I once had to accept crap insurance at over $1000 a month or go without. Since I, as a retiree, am not getting $174,000 a year for doing nothing but being disagreeable, I ended up going without insurance for 15 months because I couldn’t afford insurance to tide me over between the end of COBRA and my eligibility for Medicare. You don’t know anything about WG (most likely – it’s a rare disease), but going without coverage is a death sentence if you have a flare. I managed to stay in remission for the whole 15 months, but believe me, I sure wished I had one of those Congressional health plans waiting in case a flare came on or the ACA could have started before 2014! Last year this time, I had a series of illnesses that I didn’t see my doctor about because I was afraid I’d end up in the hospital, unable to pay without destroying my retirement nest egg, which is less than two years of your salary. Frankly, I spent a lot of last fall in bed, suffering symptoms that recalled what I went through when I came down with Wegener’s granulomatosis: I was frightened, prepared for death if it came to that, mad as hell at America and its odd priorities, as defined by the multimillionaire Republican candidate for President and the lying fellow running with him for Vice President.

The President, at least, compromised with your party to come up with the ACA, based on the Republican/Heritage Foundation model Governor Romney and the Massachusetts legislature implemented in that state. Your party, in the spirit of sedition, spoiled brat obstructionism, disloyalty to the people of America who didn’t have the Congressional health care plan or any other insurance for a variety of reasons, has done nothing but bitch, whine, moan and shut down the government for 16 days at considerable cost to the country in GDP, international prestige, in-country suffering.

Repealing the law is no solution, nor is stepping backwards to “let” people keep crap policies that don’t really cover their health care needs at any price. I’m sorry the President was forced into accepting that trap – the extension of crap policies that don’t meet the law – your party so skillfully, willfully pushed him into.

There is considerable concern about the President’s “lie”, but it doesn’t approach the disturbing layer of disinformation, distortions, obstructionism, Koch brother sabotage of the law, and just plain lies coming from your side. I believe you are an honest agent (certainly I voted for you for Governor and wasn’t disappointed…!), but your party is bankrupt of ideas, morality, integrity, and any interest in doing the job we taxpayers pay you to do. I used to be proud to be a Republican, but am glad I changed my registration after McConnell announced the Republican Party’s sole purpose was to make the President a one term president. I lost respect for Congress the day I realized he was, and your party is, dead serious about spoiling any chance of the President has of achieving his agenda.



Grrr! He asked for input, and I gave it.

Dear Senator Johanns

Here I go again. The hearing yesterday with Kathleen Sebelius was bad enough, but then I get this message from my senator, Mike Johanns:

Senator Mike Johanns - He gets some hosannas for responding to letters in a timely and complete way.

Senator Mike Johanns – He gets some hosannas for responding to letters in a timely and complete way.

Senator Johanns e-Update
October 30, 2013

Like many Nebraskans, I am fed up with the failures and misinformation associated with Obamacare and its exchanges. The American people deserve better from their government, and someone must be held accountable.

Today, I cosponsored several pieces of legislation to address some of the problems surrounding Obamacare and to hold Health and Human Services (HHS) accountable to the public by providing much needed transparency.

The first piece of legislation removes the Obamacare mandates that require insurance companies to discontinue or dramatically change many existing health care plans. Reports recently surfaced that the health care plans of millions of Americans will be cancelled in the coming months because of Obamacare. This comes on the heels of admissions from supporters of the law that they knew their repeated promises that Americans could keep their current plans under Obamacare were false. Forcing millions of Americans to give up the current health care plans they actually like is unfair to hard-working families who were promised otherwise by the President and supporters of Obamacare. This bill ensures this broken promise is actually kept.

The second piece of legislation holds the Administration accountable for providing better information about the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges by requiring HHS to submit weekly reports on the website to the American people. HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius today testified before a House committee, and when asked by my colleague Rep. Lee Terry whether she would authorize the release of certain information to the public, she responded, “No sir,” claiming the information was not reliable enough. I’m concerned, in truth, it has more to do with concealing the depth of failure.

For more information on allowing individuals to keep their health care plans, click HERE. For more information on forcing HHS to be more transparent, click HERE.


Not that I'm finger pointing or anything, Senator...!

Not that I’m finger pointing or anything, Senator…!

Dear me! After all the efforts Republicans made to stop, destroy, discredit, defund, and debunk “Obamacare” (Affordable Care Act), I won’t stand for such nonsense from my Senator. So I wrote him back:

Dear Senator Johanns:

Please excuse me for being snarky, but what the heck were that 16 day Republican-precipitated governmental shutdown (24 billion dollar hit to GDP, was it? Threat of an adjustment down in our credit rating? Who knows how much HUMAN suffering for lack of pay or certainty?) and those 44 votes to wipe out ACA in the House all about but to make sure the ACA would fail…and NOW you and your fellow Republicans are all concerned because it didn’t start up without a flaw?

I’m sorry, but those big Republican crocodile tears and faux outrage that the policy your party worked so hard to destroy all of a sudden has you so concerned and worried.*

This is the sort of bull that lead me to change my voter registration from Republican to uncommitted after McConnell’s infamous remark about working to make sure the President would be a one term president.

I’m not really thrilled with either party at this point, but the Democrats seem slightly more sincere about this issue than you do.



* NOTE TO BLOG READERS: Who knows where I was headed with that sentence? It’ll stop the reader in his tracks to try to figure it out, perhaps. Or not. I think this is one way I could have ended it:
…don’t work on me.

The link below is to a story about a woman whose insurance policy was cancelled as a result of the changes brought about by the ACA. It has a surprise ending, for those totally hooked on the Fox News version of the “truth”:

Remember: salvation