Well folks, I've given it some serious thought, and I just can't support our nation's new health care plan.
I actually flew into Washington, DC the afternoon of the big vote. As you can imagine, it was the topic of conversation for most everyone in our nation's capital.
While there's a lot I don't agree with, my biggest irritation deals with forcing citizens to purchase health insurance. In Illinois, if you drive an automobile, you must purchase car insurance. However, there's no law that says you have to buy the automobile in the first place. And, as one farmer I spoke with noted, you only have to purchase liability to protect the other person.
Despite my frustration, in the back of my mind I'd hoped that getting this out of the way would allow Congress to move onto other things.
A couple days ago, I spoke with a staff member at the National Corn Growers Association's Washington office. A couple weeks after the bill was signed, he says the climate is still hostile. Lines have been drawn in the sand, and he has little hope of getting a whole lot accomplished this year.
Oh well, maybe sometime after November we can finally turn our attention to getting our economy back on track.
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