An email from Nancy Gonsiorek, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in District 3 on McHenry County Board in the GOP Primary Election, talks of how to fund Obamacare counseling being discontinued by the Family Health Partnership:
Subject: Board Rejects Health Care Grant
Dear County Board Members Barnes, Evertson, Heisler, Hammerand, Kohler, McClellan, Miller, Nowak, Schuster and Skala;
The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law.
In fact, it is an incredibly convoluted and frustrating law.
Nevertheless it is the law, and millions of hard-working taxpayers have been able to obtain insurance because of it.
I don’t expect it to go away; therefore my hope is that, over time, the law will be easier to administer and an increase in the insured population will reduce the cost of health care for all.
It was with great disappointment that I read in today’s paper that you have chosen to decline $584,791 in federal health care funding.
Respectfully, what is wrong with bringing our tax dollars back to McHenry County?
We have many people in this county who are uninsured, many of whom may be working one or more part time jobs, such as yourselves.
The difference between you and those who enroll in insurance plans provided through the ACA, is that you have the opportunity to receive taxpayer-provided benefits for your part-time job as a public official.
Perhaps you are not aware that a majority of employers in McHenry County do not provide benefits for part-time work.
Perhaps you may not know that many elected officials are, in fact, unpaid?
Perhaps we can make a compromise on this situation, to meet “halfway.”
I understand that you may oppose a current law on principle.
Whether it is good policy to reject the funding provided to administer the law may be appropriate in your mind; however, I view this as the baby thrown out with the bathwater.
So, If you really want to make a point about government spending, here’s your chance!
You, the 10 county board members who oppose wasteful government spending, should take your collective $286,972.12 in government-provided salaries and benefits and make a charitable contribution to the Family Health Partnership Clinic in Crystal Lake, so they may continue to provide health care to the uninsured.
Next, vote to reduce the size of the County Board from 24 to 14 members – voila!
More savings for taxpayers – that $286,971.12 becomes an annual savings for our taxpayers.
The additional benefit would be that the County Board meetings may not take quite so long.
You know the old saying about providing solutions rather than complaining about problems.
I hope you will agree that I have provided you a solution to your problem of wasteful government spending.
Thank you for your consideration.