Representative Peter Roskam,
Everyone thinks that they can recognize evil when they see it or hear about it. But much that is evil can seem boring or inconsequential.
It is like the smoking of a single cigarette. It is damaging to a person’s health but only by a little bit. Of course, that is only how it starts. The single cigarette can become many, soon the person has become a smoker; and every one of those cigarettes with their small amount of damage to the body results in a case of heart disease or lung cancer.
Your record, Peter Roskam, in the United States House of Representatives is like a case of lung cancer in the body politic.
In a recent email broadcast message, you brag about how you are going to try to pass legislation allowing organizations to deny healthcare coverage to voluntary firefighters and other workers who work more than 30 but less than 40 hours a week. Of course you don’t express it that way. No, you are helping these workers keep their jobs – with underhanded employers who purposely employ them as part-time to avoid all the labor protections that 40 hour, full-time employees have.
What, that isn’t fair?
How about this.
The best example of how bad the Affordable Healthcare law is for part-time employees that you can find in your district; is in the wealthy community of Glen Ellyn, IL, that does not want to cover the healthcare costs of their volunteer firefighters. Firefighters who risk life and limb to save their neighbors trapped in burning buildings, and wrecked cars. Who respond at a moments notice day and night. You want to let those same firefighters and their families just go to the emergency room when they are sick or injured, because the city fathers of one of the most affluent communities in the 6th US congressional district in IL are too cheap to provide health insurance coverage.
Both you and the city fathers of Glen Ellyn should be ashamed. But instead you are proud of being such bastards.
So you write your little legislative change to the Affordable Health Care law. How proud you must be! Workers should have 40 hour a week jobs before their employers are required to provide health insurance. You believe that the rest of us won’t notice this little change to the law. It only covers part-time workers. Most of us are full-time. It is just like that single cigarette that is bad – but doesn’t really poison us enough to do anyone any real harm. But who works a part-time job if a full-time job is available? People generally accept part-time work because they are desperate for any work. These jobs define the working poor, who need health care coverage the most.
Maybe the example of the volunteer firefighters in Glen Ellyn is more coldly calculating than I thought at first. You talk about these volunteer firefighters – but the real target of your bill is the working poor, struggling to get by. Why do you think the Affordable Health Care law had the 30 hour a week provision in the first place? All those employers who purposely hire their workers on a part-time basis.
We have met briefly. You came out to talk to your constituents at a Jewel-Osco store several years ago. You seem like an intelligent and likable person. I simply do not understand how a person with your intelligence can also be so devoid of integrity to consistently promote such evil. Does promotion to ever higher positions in the leadership of the Republican party mean so much to you that it just doesn’t matter how many people ( on this particular issue ) you would deny medical insurance coverage; just so long as you get kudos from your party, and the wealthy elites you court by adopting these ridiculous views?
I hope that you will someday find the courage to help all of your constituents – not just help some at the expense of the others.
You could start today.
Today, you could decide to put away the cigarettes of my extended metaphor; those policies that you promote which harm the people of our country.
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