So the Congress is moving forward with their "health care reform." This is going to ruin our medical services. No longer will we be able to say that we have the best care in the world (and yes we have the most expensive health care in the world but the best come with a price). Let's remember that kings and leaders from other countries come here for treatment. The liberals are saying that we can't afford to wait on reform and that the economy can't recover without reform. Well, I would just like to say that back in the fall when the economy was showing signs of a recession, no one , I mean NO ONE mentioned that health care needed to be fixed in order to fix the economy. However, now that the liberals have control (God help us) they are moving forward. In a recent Rasmussen poll, 49% of Americans think that health care reform should wait until the economy has recovered and 43% of American believe that the quality of health care will get worse with a government run plan. But the president is not going to listen and will continue to say that "health care reform can't wait."
However we simply can not afford reform right now. The government is already trillions in debt and taxing the rich is not going to be enough to cover the expected $1.5 trillion or more it will cost to cover the 47 million Americans insured. In my book, "You're Fired", I gave a breakdown of the 47 million "uninsured". According to the 2005 United States Census report, there are about 10 million illegal immigrants (who in my opinion should NOT be covered at all); leaving the number of uninsured Americans at roughly 37 million; however there are about 8.3 million who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 8.74 million who make more than $75,000 a year. That’s roughly 17 million people who ought to be able to “afford” health insurance because they make substantially more than the median household income of $46,326 thus leaving us with 19 million; of those about 8 million fall under the age of 18 and some 4 million of those qualify for either the SCHIP or Medicaid programs and the remaining 11 million are between the ages of 18-34 and opt out of insurance. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Kennedy-Dodd plan will only cover about 16 million and forcing about 15 million who have insurance off thier current plans.
Just as we are required by government to have auto insurance, I do believe everyone should be required to have health insurance. I don't believe that I should have to pay for someone else's lack of personal responsbility. Being an adult (someone over the age of 18) means being responsible. I would like to see an individual mandate where individuals can choose their own insurance and take it with them no matter where they go. We should not have health care tied to our employer.
We all know that the liberals have their way they will use the single payer system to ration off American lives. Don't be fooled by their "medical review board", it is code for "medical rationing board" and the government will sacrifice the lives of many Americans simply to control cost. We are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights one of them being life. It is not the government's role to decide when we die but that is where we are headed.
Here's another problem, the president does not have a plan. Dennis Smith of The Heritage Foundation stated "there are a number of concerns with Obama's healthcare plan. No one knows what the plan is...nobody knows where the money is going to come from." The president is so eager to push this legislation through with little or no debate because he knows his "mandate" is slipping. This will affect every American despite in major ways and the president is giving Americans very little time to review what damage he will do.
This president has done nothing but lie to the American people. He says he's not for a single payer system but back in 2003, he said “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody... A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.”
Let's hope that the Blue Dog Democrats will stand strong and oppose any government run health care reform.