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April 22, 2014

An important election this year

I wonder if anyone has to be reminded that we’re in another election year. The current election season is often referred to as an “off-year” election because it’s not a year in which we vote for a president. This will be, nevertheless, one of the most important election years to have come along in a very long time. Every single member of the House or Representatives is up for election, as well as several key seats in the United States Senate.

As I suppose everybody who is ever remotely interested in politics knows, the Republicans currently control the House and the Democrats control the Senate. This will be a particularly interesting year because there is a very good chance that Republicans could gain control of both houses. The nearly universal dislike of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, could very easily unseat enough Democrats this time around to switch the majority in the Senate over to the Republicans, not to mention the controversies over the IRS scandal, the Benghazi affair in which four Americans were murdered, and several other issues that have come up of late.

Obamacare, however, is the critical issue that directly impacts the most voters and taxpayers. Promises like the one about being able to keep the same doctor and lower premiums simply have not been kept – and we have yet to hear about the makeup of the seven million people who supposedly have “signed up” for Obamacare. Are they young people? Are they people who were already on Medicaid? Have people actually paid the first premium? It will also be interesting to see if actual premiums turn out to be higher or lower and how much the deductible turns out to be.

If it turns out that the current administration, for whatever reason, was putting out inaccurate information, I think it’s very likely that Republicans will retain control of the House and will win enough seats to gain control the Senate. Of course that leaves a Democrat in the White House with veto power over any legislation passed by the Congress, which means that the only course open to Republicans will be to override a Presidential veto. That might be a very difficult task to accomplish. This is obviously why this is a very important off-year election for both political parties.

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