COMMENTARY | Both major parties strongly desire to put the football that is a student loan interest reduction bill kicked over the goal post on their end of the field, according to The Washington Times. It would be refreshing if either party was truly focused on the central issue of the proposed legislation instead of getting a dig at the other party and scoring what is thought to be a major victory for the presidential candidate of the "winning" party.
As the bills stand currently -- one introduced by the Democrats and one by the Republicans -- the big difference is the method by which the interest loan reduction would be financed. The Republican-sponsored bill would pay the estimated yearly cost of $6 billion by huge reductions in a preventive health care fund that is part of Obamacare. The Democrat-sponsored bill would close a loophole for higher-income earners that allows them to pay less in Medicare taxes.
Compromise seems certain before the legislation receives a go-ahead vote. Compromise in and of itself is the American way when it comes to politics, but it is at the expense of someone. There are many more lobbyists paid to stand up for big money folks than there are the average Joe. Will it be a done deal that the 1 percent continues to ride the wave of minimal social financial responsibility at the expense of health care for the many?
As the World Research Foundation explains, preventive medicine plays an important role in obtaining and maintaining optimal health by finding and treating disease in early stages and preventing potential chronic disease by establishing health lifestyle habits early in life. This might seem unimportant to Republican legislators, but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater on the student loan interest reduction bill.
Smack dab in the middle of the baby boomer generation, L.L. Woodard is a proud resident of "The Red Man" state. With what he hopes is an everyman's view of life's concerns both in his state and throughout the nation, Woodard presents facts and opinions based on common-sense solutions.