Caught White House Press Sec. Robert Gibbs interviewing with Chris Matthews on Fox News Sunday while I was putting together a fabulous pot full of meatballs and sauce. Gibbs had to push Obamacare with a sob story about the letters that the president receives. He told of one woman who wrote to the president about her premiums going up, and how she had to choose between keeping “the house that had been in her family for 50 years” and keeping insurance. She kept the house, and is now in the hospital. We should be sad for her.
No. She wants to keep her house because it’s been in her family for a while. I accept the desire to do that, if you can. I don’t particularly agree with it; I would personally prefer to live in a home that I chose, rather than one that was appropriate, in 1960, for someone else with who I share some DNA, but maybe that’s just me. But I know that people get attached to property that has some measure of history. But that is it; it is a sentimental attachment. He didn’t say that she would be homeless, only that she would not be able to keep that house. If you can’t afford your house, you can sell it and move somewhere cheaper. People do it all the time. The only reasons not to are the personal attachment and the hassle factor.
I don’t believe that money should be taken from people who earned it, under the threat of violence, so that someone can maintain sentimentality and avoid hassle.