Monday, July 13, 2009

Sorry Charlie (with apologies to the tuna)

So the newspapers (remember those?) say that Charlie Baker, a rich, tall, Republican businessman, has announced he wants to run for governor of Massachusetts. You'll pardon me if I don't cheer, and if I don't vote for him. You see, Charlie Baker stole my Christmas…

A few years ago, I worked for a company that worked for Charlie's company, helping him get richer, and make his company a top healthcare operation. But we couldn't get the nice healthcare we helped provide for others; instead, we got the third-world-type crap package, even though we got all the emails about how wonderful they were to everyone else who got the nice treatment. One day at work I had chest pains, and dutifully went to get it checked out. 24 hours later, they'd found nothing and left me with $2500 in bills. Hundred bucks an hour to find nothing- you call that being "covered"? Good thing I wasn't in for a few days, we'd be bankrupt.

And then Charlie and company made some bad business deals, and told the subcontractors to cut back. So a lot of people lost their livelihood around Christmastime, me included. My wife had just ordered me a gift, something I'd been wanting for a long time. We sent it back, and it was a pretty scary time, and a very bleak Christmas. Because in this country, if you don't have a job, you can't afford healthcare.

Another guy got laid off five minutes after his wife called to tell him his child had medical problems and would need expensive care. Thanks, Charlie. Hey folks, you think Charlie will help the people of this state because he knows about healthcare? When workers in his OWN BUILDING couldn’t get it?

Charlie's political party sneers at the concept of affordable healthcare as something dirty, as "socialism." They have fought against it for a long time, and will make sure we never get it. Of course, they all have it, paid for by us, but somehow good healthcare is not for those who work for a living.

A lot of rich, successful business people think government is like running a business. It's nothing like it, and even Carly Fiorina, the problematic CEO who ran HP (into the ground), said, “It is a fallacy to suggest that the country is like a company.” Remember her? She got rich while her company floundered. And now she too wants to play around in politics.

These damn privileged business people want another box to check off on their resume. Governor, President, whatever. They've had everything handed to them all their life, and now they want another prize. Old Mitt presided in this state while I had the longest period of unemployment in my life, but he did okay. Then he went around trashing Massachusetts and everything we stand for, while he twisted his beliefs into knots to get votes from people he wouldn't spit on if they were on fire. He was suddenly against illegal aliens, but he sure did like them cheap workers taking care of his manor estates. He wore an expensive suit every day, but tried to pass himself off as a gun-totin', varmint-killin', tobaccy-spittin' good ole boy who hated Massachusetts folk.

News flash, plutocrats—to you it's just another job, but to us, it's our lives. We're dying for lack of affordable healthcare, and we have to worry about our jobs to boot. So keep your soft manicured mitts off our political positions, because we don't need another rich tall guy from a party who doesn't believe we even have the right to a decent doctor.

1 comment:

  1. Dale.

    Find a home for this piece--it's a salient Op-Ed, and I can think of a dozen newspapers that would be receptive to it. Do the state a favor and publish it, hey?