Let the American people decide the fate of Obamacare
Thursday, October 24, 2013
To the Editor:
Please note as you read this, that I am neither a Republican nor Democrat, but proud to be an Independent voter.
I want to give an alternate point of view regarding Obamacare. Many influential people, including The Cabinet’s editor, have stated that even though this health care requirement has some flaws, it does provide insurance for 40 million people that otherwise couldn’t afford it. That may be true, but as has already been shown, the insurance industry is pricing this required health care much higher than the government anticipated, and, for the cheapest policies, carries extraordinarily high deductibles and co-pays.
For most people, it’s like having no health insurance after all.
Sure, the poor get most of their premiums paid by the government. But the government has no more money, so it can’t afford to pay the difference without going broke. Those in the middle class who don’t have health insurance will have to pay those high premiums, for which they get little protection.
Another fallacy with Obamacare is that never in this country’s history have citizens been forced to buy something they may not want from a private company, without government regulations. Transportation, electricity, cable and other benefits to the general good of society have always required buying these services from a private vendor, but always under government scrutiny. However, not Obamacare. Obama claims competition will keep prices down. Yeah, right! Why do you think the insurance industry lobbied for its passage?
Lastly, the latest buzz is that Congress passed, and the president signed into law, the Affordable Health Care Act, and the Republicans should just get over it. But remember, this law passed when one political party took over the entire government, and passed it during this two-year anomaly in national politics when the usual check-and-balances were not in play.
This law would never pass today, because the majority of the American people don’t want it. Don’t believe me? I propose a national vote with only one ballot issue: Do you want to keep the Obamacare law in its entirety, or do you want to abolish, or at least, seriously amend it?
However the American people decide, that will determine the fate of Obamacare, and take the decision away from our worthless Congress.