Insure Tn recently failed to even make it out of committee in the General Assembly in February thankfully because elected officials wanted...well, to be re-elected. Apparently the fact that Insure Tn didn't pass has upset the Hospitals who are in desperate need of a bailout, the Chamber of Commerce, and Terry Roland.
Jim Demint has a great article (Why Expanding Medicaid Isn’t Compassionate) up on the Daily Signal that is worth the read but this captures the gist of why hospitals are pushing for the expansion...
You might think doctors and hospitals would be sounding the alarm, but think again. Doctors are divided, and hospitals are actually leading the lobbying for Medicaid expansion in every state.
That’s because the hospitals think signing more people up for government-controlled coverage will give them easy reimbursement from taxpayers. Those benefits, however, are outweighed by the long-term costs to keep the program running. When the money gets tight, doctors, patients and hospitals will be hurting.
Which brings me to a recent episode of conduct unbecoming of an elected official ... Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland...
At the Forest Drive Civic Club meeting last week, Terry Roland was speaking and happened to notice a friend of mine Brenda in the audience. Brenda was very vocal in her stance against expanding Medicaid and spoke out at the county meeting where Terry had wanted to pass a resolution of support for it to be sent to Governor Haslam so he could show how much support there is for expanding Medicaid in Tn. The resolution failed only to be weaseled back in at the last moment at the next meeting when no one was expecting it (you don't think that happened by accident do you?) in which case it did pass. Only a funny thing happened on the way to expanding government at the state level when a lot of people showed up at the General Assembly to show their opposition to Tenncare 2.0. Elected officials wanted to be re-elected in their next elections so they killed Tenncare 2._0 (Hospitals Bailout) in committee.
Oh the humanity of the people getting their way.
Terry was talking about the Millington schools situation and he is absolutely correct on this and I will post on this in the future. Somehow the Medicaid Expansion failure came up and Terry stated that we have to do something or they will have to raise taxes or The MED would have to close. Terry also thought one solution could be that one of the bigger hospitals in the Midsouth could buy and take over The MED in which case Brenda and her friend thought that was a good idea. This set Terry off for some reason. He said the Tea Party had some great ideas in the beginning but now they have gone off the rails. Not wanting to expand Medicaid under the Unaffordable Care Act is going off the rails? Terry got in Brenda's face and went on a rant about how the Tea Party is worse than the left.
Really? Why is that Terry? Because the left will work with you on expanding government programs but the Tea Party won't? Terry was very belligerent putting his finger in her face when stating the Tea Party was worse than the left. He also stated he would tell all 15 of them to their face to kiss his a$$(For truth's sake, he didn't say the word a$$, he pointed to his bottom in place of the word). Wow, Terry ...stay classy! (You should check out the Midsouth Tea Party's facebook page though...there is slightly more than 15 people on there but keep belittling a group that votes mostly Republican..it's always a good idea to attack people who would vote for you but may disagree with you from time to time....)
After yesterdays glowing article in the Commercial Appeal, Terry may have something to say about the CA labeling him a tea-party backed commissioner(must be a subscriber to read it)
As a side note ..The Tea Party doesn't look at legislation anymore from the perspective of left and right. It's either furthering the principles of self governance, or it's not. It's either expanding the size and scope of government or it's not. The End.
As a citizen of this good Republic....is it not ok that someone might believe differently than you? Does that make this person evil as you sometimes think people are when they are not on the same side of an issue as you? Does the sky always have to be falling in order for you to get support for an issue you believe in? Might this tactic get old time after time after time? Yes, No, perhaps and yes...
There are many people who have become engaged in local government in the last few years from both sides of the aisle albeit for different reasons. One thing that both sides of the aisle have noticed is how little respect the average citizen gets from the ruling class. There is a humble spirit and a civility that is sorely lacking and it was on display at this meeting with Terry.
Even when we don't agree, we can be polite. You want respect from the people and we would like to give you that respect but our patience is running low. You can't treat people with disdain and then expect them to work with you in the future. Being on the opposing side of an issue as you does not mean we are disrespecting you. We are exercising our right to engage in our form of government..."Of the people, By the people, and For the people." It's not a personal affront to you to take an opposing view.
From the Tennessee Constitution...
Section 23. That the citizens have a right, in a peaceable manner, to assemble together for their common good, to instruct their representatives, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances, or other proper purposes, by address of remonstrance?
Regardless of your party affiliation you have the right to interact with those who represent you. That is the right of the citizen in a Republic. We don't have to agree with you to be treated with respect. That SHOULD be a given.
Would you, Terry Roland, tolerate someone sticking their finger in your face and telling them they can kiss your a$$? Anyone that knows you knows the answer to that question. In the interest of furthering polite conversation and respectful interaction with your constituents, perhaps you would consider apologizing to Brenda. Had this been your wife, you would be demanding just that.
George Washington wrote a list called 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. . We could all remind ourselves that a little bit of civility goes along way...
Just a few of these rules we should all abide by...
45th Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in public or in Private; presently, or at Some other time in what terms to do it & in reproving Show no Sign of Cholar but do it with all Sweetness and Mildness.
49th Use no Reproachful Language against any one neither Curse nor Revile.
65th Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion.
73rd Think before you Speak pronounce not imperfectly nor bring out your Words too hastily but orderly & distinctly.
76th While you are talking, Point not with your Finger at him of Whom you Discourse nor Approach too near him to whom you talk especially to his face.
83rd When you deliver a matter do it without Passion & with Discretion, however mean the Person be you do it too.
Since I have probably dragged this post out longer than it should be, I might as well include another post that might be pertinent to this situation....
An Open Letter to Every Member of the Ruling Class: You're Going to Need a Bigger Boat