LETTER: Where’s the outrage over Obamacare?
To the Editor:
There is a lot of talk lately about the hidden costs of Obamacare — the various exchange plans, the higher-than-expected deductibles, the companies dropping their employee health insurance benefits, etc. All of this is important and it does point out the good reasons to get rid of the 3-year-old law, but where is the real outrage? Where is the complete rejection of the most egregious aspect of the Patient Affordable Healthcare Act?
Obamacare, at its heart, is the forcing of individual citizens of a free country to purchase health insurance, forcing them by fining them if they do not. Doesn’t anybody see how very wrong that is? Healthcare insurance isn’t a right; it is a responsibility. I am responsible for my own health. I make the decision to see the doctor or not to see him, to take the meds or not to take them. I am responsible to choose the level of insurance for me and my family, not my neighbor and certainly not a bureaucrat in Washington. Even if it were a right, should we be forced to take advantage of it?
I have a right to free speech, but I don’t have to speak out. If a young person chooses to spend his money on college instead of health insurance, that is his choice. He lives in a free society that should grant him that option. What is next on our march down the destructive path of socialism? Will we allow our government to force us to have annual checkups, to fine us if we drink too much coffee? Where will it end if we give them this power?
I thank God for Senator Ted Cruz and his attention-getting, 21-hour speech on the Senate floor. Oh, that more of our elected officials saw the evil of this government takeover and were willing to truly do something about it. I truly hope that our leaders will have the guts to stand up against this unconstitutional law even if they have to shut down the government to do so. If we don’t stop Obamacare now, I fear we never will.
Rev. Bruce MacInnes