Former Colorado senate majority leader, Mark Hillman (2013), wrote a post for CCU’s Centennial Institute just a few short weeks ago regarding the costs of Obama’s “affordable care.” Now don’t get me wrong, I am not against those without health benefits getting access to insurance. However, I am not willing to support a system that will be funded by tax dollars and also have the potential to increase the existing premiums of those who do currently have health insurance. Hillman (2013) noted that Obama repeatedly indicated that those who are content with their current health insurance would be able to keep those policies and that the new legislation would create premium cost reductions of “up to $2,500 per year.” Hillman argues that the truth, as seen when the legislation rolled out, is that those of us with insurance will see our premiums raised to the point where we’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of keeping our insurance or dropping it and paying the tax penalty for being uninsured.
Our country already has a welfare system in need of reform. We don’t need to add to it a healthcare system that needs reformed right from the start. I would love to see a program devised to assist those who don’t have access to healthcare benefits, but one that doesn’t affect the population that Hillman (2013) notes isn’t “part of the problem.” Making change to better the situation of one subset of the population that directly worsens the situation of another subset is no way to go about this. There has to be a better solution and we need to take the political posturing out of the decision-making process. We need our government leaders to return to the basic tenets of “one nation under God” and “by the people, for the people.”
Hillman, M. (2013, September 26). Public grows skeptical about costs of ‘affordable care.’ [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.ccu.edu/centennial/blog/post/2013/09/26/public-grows-skeptical-about-costs-of-affordable-care