Well, when there's a problem, you call in a specialist. If you're kitchen sink backs up, you ring up a plummer. If you're electrical power goes out, you dial the electrician. So when your website goes down, who do you call?
If you're normal thinking, you'd get on the horn and bring in an IT guy/gal. A specialist or team of experts in internet technology. That's what Obama did. But the Republicans have a better approach. You reach out for physicians...and stat!
According to The Hill:
Eleven Republican doctors are running for the Senate, hoping that voters will see their medical expertise as an asset amid the administration’s botched rollout of ObamaCare.
“We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life,” he added. “That’s the kind of policymaker we should have in place in dealing with healthcare policy.”
This sounds very good on paper, at least to the GOP. There's a botched rollout on Obamacare. So who do you call? A doctor?
In their narrow-minded thinking this is a medical issue. Hello... it's an IT problem not a healthcare issue. And if they already know that, then there's really a bigger issue at hand. The pesky and stubborn anti-healthcare party is looking for help in killing the Affordable Care Act as it's ready to be birthed. But it's too late for that. As Dr. Frankenstein proclaimed, "It's alive! It's alive!!!"
Obamacare is viablein the pro-life vernacular. Bringing in doctors to "kill it" prior to delivery is antithetical to the right to life agenda of the GOP. At this point, it's a late term abortion. The due date is January 1, 2014.
What the GOP has lost sight of is what's really ailing here. It's not the ACA - the law - it's the ACA's website. It's Healthcare.gov. It's been floundering since it's rollout. The law isn't failing, the website is. So if the Republicans really did want to help, they'd be running their finest IT people. Computer geniuses. That's who fixes IT problems, not doctors who fix people. You don't need an engine mechanic when all you have is a flat tire.
Doctors running in Senate races from North Carolina to Oregon are all pitching voters on their experience in the medical field.
If the GOP wants to run doctors for the senate, that's fine. But won't their Hippocratic Oath make their first obligation be to cure what really ails their party? It's called "obstructionitis."
If Republicans think being a doctor makes you a good senator, just look at their Tom Coburn, Rand Paul and ex-senator Bill Frist. All three of them with questionable ethical backgrounds. Frist took to the senate floor and admitted to diagnosing brain damaged Teri Schiavo's condition based strictly on a video. Tom Coburn is just plain crazy and Rand Paul? You can be the judge of that yourself. There are still questions as to whether or not he's a board certified, licensed doctor.
GOP, go ahead and run your doctors. But unless these candidates also have a computer science background, they're a little late coming to the party. You're the same people telling George of the Jungle to "watch out for that tree" after he's smashed into it.
It’s not unusual for doctors to seek elected office. But it’s not necessarily typical for them to win, however. The Senate counts only three physicians in its ranks. Last year, former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, a Democrat who ran largely on his record in medicine, lost to now-Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
So flaunt your medical degrees all you want. It's reliable lawmakers that we need. People who work on Wednesdays, not take them off to play golf. Then again, in the Republican world, that may be an asset. Each day they're not working in Congress is another day they're not working against the welfare of the people.
Go out and grab your golf clubs, as the country clubs say, "It's doctor's day." We're better off hearing you shout, "Fore," on the golf course than "Nay" on the Senate floor.