As an Independent, I find it rather interesting how folks are blinded by ideology to the point where they cannot think for themselves. They follow party lines and parrot their “party” political line without analyzing the issues for themselves. Case in point: Geri Hagler was espousing the virtues of “Obama Don’t Care” when she ruined her diatribe by injecting a slam against Romney and ending by stabbing into her piece, “No Republican has been so bold.”
Taking ideology out of the equation, Geri Hagler is very wrong on many points. “Obama Don’t Care” IS political — period. During the process, the opposition tried to inject ideas and concerns and were shut down at every turn. It was rammed through Congress without time for it to be read. Pelosi said words to the effect, just pass it, it can be read later.
WHAT? Do that on a car sale contract, a real estate contract and suffer the consequences. This bill affects 1/5 of our economy, and they didn’t read it? What was the hurry? Afraid it would be read and understood?
The “Justices” of the Supreme Court ruled straight down party lines (except for Roberts). Next point: Health care is now available for every American who needs it. No one is turned away from an ER for lack of ability to pay. Most private companies provide some type of health insurance, and nearly all Civil Service jobs come with it.
Next, equating health insurance to auto insurance is just plain, well, nuts. Geri also says, “Since we all have to be insured, there will be more competition. Insurance companies will be wooing us.” How utterly naive! A letter to the editor after Geri’s, sent by Ed Young, stated that thousands of GTE/Verizon/Bell Atlantic/ Idearc and Supermedia retirees received letters stating their health insurance premiums were increasing by several hundred dollars. Why? The providers are bracing for the impact of “Obama Don’t Care.” See, Geri, the providers read the bill. Unfortunately, like most who wrote the bill, Geri obviously did not read it either.
The government mandate will eventually kill competition and we will be left with an England, Canada type of government-run health care system. People are dying in those countries waiting for treatment. Many come to this country for treatment before they die.
Open competition lowers cost, not intervention by the government. Geri states, “It GIVES insurance to those who couldn’t get it before....” Geri, who pays for “giving?” Nothing is free. Someone, or in the case of “Obama Don’t Care,” lots of somebodies have to pay for it.
Yes, the plan is so good, the Feds need 16,000 additional IRS agents to enforce it and you can be jailed for not buying health insurance! Name one federal government-run anything that is efficient? Amtrak? (Billions in the red). Postal Service? (Billions in the red). Social Security? (LOL) How about the EPA? This agency has caused more damage to American industry than all the other negatives combined. All in the name of “helping.” I worked with a large agency of the federal government as a provider for three years; it was not pretty.
This Mandate/TAX is horrible. Think for yourself, folks.
Ron Boudreaux is a Coeur d’Alene resident.