I’ve taken the last couple of days to consider my feelings about the health care bill. My initial reaction was a knee jerk against it the Democrats that passed it. Zero support in the House from any conservative, Blue Dog, or Republican. After my rage subsided and I was able to think more clearly, I began thinking about the specific reasons why I disagree with this legislation:
- Government does not equal power, government equals force. George Washington is quoted as saying, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” Fire is an appropriate analogy for government. Fire is a good thing, in small amounts because it can be used for good things. Too much fire is a bad thing because it controls you. This bill is going to force Americans to do something or be fined (taxed) and it denies every American their God-given right to chose to act for themselves! That is not a good thing.
- I believe in Federalism. American Federalism has changed many times since its founding. I feel that each individual is a sovereign being unto itself, and each state has a certain amount of sovereignty and autonomy. Appropriate sovereignty is found in a balance of power between the federal government and the several states. This bill not only denies individual liberties to the citizens, it extends itself beyond the acceptable limits of federalism and quashes state powers (remember, states do not have rights, they have powers).
- The proper role of government is to STAY THE HELL OUT OF MY LIFE!!! This bill does not do that. The Japanese government passed a law that Japanese citizens could not exceed a certain waist size and weight. Don’t think that can happen in America? Just wait. What was George Washington saying about fire again?
- The only way this bill will “contain costs” is by denying services. Obamacare claims that insurance companies are evil and need to be controlled. Health insurance companies, as all businesses, offer a product for a fee. In order to stay in business a company must make a profit. So yes, health insurance companies are trying to make a profit, yet they only make a 2.2% profit. Insurance (all insurance) is about managing risk, and taking in more money than is being payed out. If I drive recklessly, have five speeding tickets and have been involved in three accidents in five years, then I am a large risk to my auto insurance company and they can choose not to offer me their services. The same is with health insurance. If I’ve had cancer, there is a high probability that it will come back, which will cost the insurer more than I will have paid in premiums. They can thus choose not to offer me their product. When it comes to a person’s health, this can seem rather cruel. But if you allow ALL preexisting conditions to be covered, and you remove spending caps, how can you “contain costs?” You can’t unless you deny services, which is what will happen. (And let’s not forget to thank the government for creating Managed Cared and putting us into the current health care mess that they are trying to solve).
- Overall health care will diminish. Don’t believe me? Look at Great Britain and Canada. Yes, everyone has access to health care and people are literally dying on waiting lists while the health care quality is NOTHING like what is available in the U.S.
- America did not become the greatest nation on Earth because life is easy. This massive government entitlement is meant to make life “easier.” Just think, now you can pursue your dreams without running the risk of economic failure due to illness! Too bad that means you’ll never know the joy of success, for as we know their must be an opposition in all things and you must know the bad to know the good. I’m reading a book on President Harry S. Truman. The man knew something about economic failure. BUT HE BUSTED HIS ASS TO MAKE SURE THAT HIS FAMILY HAD FOOD ON THE TABLE! And yes, I know that President Truman wanted “national compulsory health insurance to be funded by payroll deductions. Under the system, all citizens would receive medical and hospital services irrespective of their ability to pay” (Truman, pp. 473-473). In other words, a compulsory tax on American corporations to help cover those who couldn’t afford the services. A very different idea than what was passed by the Democrats. Life is not supposed to be easy an carefree. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.
These are just a few of my complaints. Some of you are probably asking, “well, what would you do, Mr. Know-it-all?” To start, here is a list:
- Tort reform for medical malpractice. Though unlikely to every happen in sue-happy America, this is a HUGE starting place. If a surgeon leaves a sponge inside of you after performing life-saving surgery then he should have to cover your hospital costs, not pay you millions for pain, suffering and emotional distress. If you have elective plastic surgery and something goes awry, you should have picked a different doctor.
- Allow insurance companies to compete across state lines. Let’s not forget that it’s the federal government who will not allow insurance companies to do so currently. This opens up competition and as we all know, competition is a good thing (unless your a liberal then competition is bad – thus everyone gets a trophy for competing, not just the winners).
- Get rid of the employer-based health insurance system. Now, I know that this seems weird, but hear me out. Remember how I said that insurance is all about managing risk? Well, health insurance is about a managing a individual’s risk to an insurer. Under employer-based plans, insurance companies can’t manage individual risk, so they attempt to manage group risk (which is nearly IMPOSSIBLE when you don’t what is in the group). If all health insurance plans were individual-based plans, then insurers could manage risk better and costs would come down overall.
- Life is precious and should be treated as such. Each and every person owes it to themselves to take care of their body. Medical science and knowledge has been given to us by God so that we can better understand how our physical bodies work. Good health is not a guarantee, no matter how well a person lives, and good health is definitely NOT a human right. Let me say this – JUST BECAUSE YOU WERE BORN DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE WORLD OWES YOU ANYTHING!!! You are worm food and the world, and the people in it, owe you nothing.
Okay, I’ve ranted enough. Go chew on that for a while.