Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


November 13, 2013

Nov. 13, 2013: Letters to the editor


Admittedly, I do not understand Republican efforts to overturn vetted law. But even in my ignorance, I deplore the flippant attitudes and waste of taxpayer funds in the race to do so.

Stopping all other duties of their grand office to parade throughout Washington, and for what ... to defund Obamacare. A law by all admittance and by its own design is focused on helping those least, last and lost. On my Christian principles alone, I supported this great cause coming to fruition.

Now to find out, the political stunt orchestrated by Republicans in the House has cost our economy an estimated $24 billion in lost revenues. Sorry, but my gentleman candor is beginning to wear thin. I can hear Lady Liberty now ... taking your marbles and going home, while you shut down government and threaten to default on American financial security does not cut it in this house anymore! Go to your room. Children, you’re grounded.

When looking at this health care debate, I am reminded of a favorite anecdote: “What you lose on the popcorn, you will make up on the peanuts.” I say to all politicos in the audience: The show is over, the Supreme Court said so! Now grab the peanuts!

As a resident with great vision for Indiana, I am disappointed in the lack of state leadership on the implementation of the new federal law. Given the importance of health service delivery and biotechnology research to local economies, state leaders are making a mistake by not embracing the Indiana expansions under the act. Governors, insurers and providers need to be focused on both economic and social interests and create the best health care opportunities for their residents.

Machiavelli harped a healthy workforce is a good economic asset. So I challenge Republican leaders across America to take up the torch and create healthy lifestyles. Be part of the initiative and foster the well-being of your citizens. Make healing your No. 1 priority in office.

This is a great time in American progress. All elected can embrace the opportunity and usher in a new era of benevolence. How we care for our sick will be judged by history, as well as by our maker. So on the topic of Indiana health, I am reminded of a quote from Galatians, “Let us not be weary in doing well, for in due season we shall reap.”

Darin Griesey


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