10 June, 2017
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Re: A Dream
I woke up from this ridiculously delicious dream this morning—or perhaps it was a waking dream, who knows? I dreamt that just one Republican decided he was going to work with his Democratic colleagues to make the sensible and necessary changes to fix the Affordable Care Act. He had come to the realization that the American Health Care Act was not the solution that Americans needed and that improvements to the existing law could make it better for everyone.
So—in my dream—first this one Republican crossed the aisle to work with his colleagues; then came another, and a third. And a fourth and fifth. And pretty soon—mirablile dictu—a good handful of Republicans were working with Democrats on improvements to the ACA. And not only that, this small handful of Republicans began to realize that, yes, collaboration might work better for their constituents than lockstep partisanship, and that there were good ideas on the other side of the aisle that would truly benefit the people the US Congress was elected to serve!
I say “Republicans” because, alas, it is Republicans who opposed every initiative the former president put forward, who obstructed every possible avenue to progress for all but the most affluent Americans, who became the party of No; and who now seek to do absolutely nothing, it would seem, other than to undo every one of the last president’s achievements. Oh, and find more ways to benefit the wealthy.
A ridiculous dream, no, Congressman? But a delicious one, too. Who could that first Republican possibly be? Could it be you?
But then again… no.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.