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Letter: Progressive thought and my dad, the fool

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Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:00 am

A few weeks ago my local channel of choice reported that the Affordable Care Act empowered people to make choices that would make their lives better. They didn’t report the government’s illustration of empowerment.

The president’s chief financial adviser stated it would be like someone who is working 65 hours a week and not qualifying for subsidies for health care, choosing to change jobs that require just 35 hours a week. By making this choice the employee becomes eligible for subsidies, therefore able to purchase health Insurance. Empowerment is illustrated in giving up nearly half your income in order to purchase health insurance.

The next week they reported the governor was going to allow businesses to wait until 2015 to comply with ACA mandates with respect to insuring their employees. They didn’t report that the governor requires businesses to file affidavits with the IRS explaining any decisions that would result in shrinking their work force.

My dad, the fool, didn’t graduate from high school, was a POW in his service to the country, operated heavy equipment, ran his own Douglas oil service station and started a tire business in conjunction with the station. He eventually bought the only ambulance company at the time, serving a 465 square mile area. “Progressive” thought, illustrated above, wasn’t so prominent during his life.

In my dad’s shadow, my older brother was a successful executive at this country’s second largest health care company. My other brother is a high school administrator, teacher and athletic coach. My younger sister is a physician. Like my dad I have a handicap, my children. My oldest son is an executive at Hertz Corporation, his brother is a high school vice principal. Their younger brother is on track to be a civil engineer. Their sister is a special education educator.

My choice? Upon graduation from college, I chose self employment, starting as a carpenter. Over the past 40-plus years I have remodeled and built homes. I would rather be the fool than the “progressive” illustrated in the words of the president’s chief financial officer.

I hope that our country rejects “progressive” thought embraced by many of our politicians.

Terry Jorgensen


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