So…we have Universal Health Care.
I wanted to write something on Sunday night but I was still a little shell-shocked that something like this could happen in our country. I’m really, truly concerned about the country and what we will be passing on to future Americans as a legacy.
Believe it or not – it wasn’t all that long ago where I also wanted Universal Health Care. But my reasoning for it was altruistic – at least I hope it was. I wanted the ability for people who truly could not afford health care for themselves – through no fault of their own – to have it readily available to them. What I didn’t completely understand at the time is that we already have that in place today.
What this new system does is provide paid medical care to those who – through no EFFORT of their own – wish to have it. And for all the incredibly naive people who think it’s FREE, you are soon to be very, very surprised.
I have never understood the mentality of people who think that government programs are free and who seem to miss the blatantly obvious fact that WE as Americans pay for those programs through our taxes. You know what taxes are right? That extra money we pay on everything under the sun? The money that is about to skyrocket over the next several years while we pay for a program that we won’t even have in place yet for four more years!?
I love to hear people say, “Well, shoot, I’m willing to pay a little more to get health care for free.” (Still missing the point that it’s not FREE if you have to pay more taxes on it!) Well, let me ask you a question…how much are you willing to pay? 25% of your wages? 30%? 80%? How much is fair so that someone else can have something you are paying for?
It also cracks me up to hear, “I’m not going to be taxed more, only the wealthy are.” Again…how does anyone buy into that? If I’m a “wealthy owner” of a business and my taxes went up, what do you think I’m going to do next? I’m either going to first charge more for my product – thus feeding my tax increase to the consumer or secondly – I’m going to lay people off. So those non-wealthy employees will now be out of a job. One way or another, every part of the cost of this monstrosity will be falling back on the average citizen.
To top that off, we aren’t giving this money to the medical industry. Nope, we are giving it to the government. The same government that screwed up Social Security – which is nearly bankrupt. The same government that screwed up Medicare. The same government that has messed up pretty much every entitlement program that it has ever taken on. We now have told them, “We trust you to make good medical choices for us.”
This government that so many have put their faith in will now have more power to control its citizenry than ever before. You drink soda? Yikes, that’s not good, here’s a 10% tax on soft drinks. You like to rock climb? Boy that’s dangerous, you could get hurt – here’s a 5% tax increase on rock climbing equipment. You’re a truck driver? Well, car accidents happen all the time, here’s a 15% tax increase on fuel. All this will be done in the name of keeping “health care costs down”.
This will also introduce a severe lack of initiative –something that is becoming more and more prevalent in our society anyways. Why go to school for all those years, study hard, get good grades, and do whatever you can to get a good paying job with medical benefits if the government will provide it for you? Many people will see no point in trying to work hard for anything anymore.
Think I’m wrong? Let me share a story. We owned a mobile home in the town we used to live in before moving where we are now. When we moved from there we attempted to sell that mobile home without much success. Then a lady agreed to buy it from us contract for deed. She was to pay us monthly for 3 years and then buy it outright after that.
About two years in she up and abandonded the place after doing over $7000 in damages. Not to mention the fact that after we got it fixed up (with the help of some great friends, NOT government assistance), we sold it for over a $10,000 loss.
We could do nothing to this woman legally. Why? Because she was on Social Security disability – and thus any settlement we could get against her would be negated.
After all was said and done, I tried to do what I thought was the right and Christian thing to her. I sent her a Christmas card and told her I forgave her – and that I was praying for her. You know how she repaid that kindness? She convinced the local newspaper in that town that she was just a poor down-on-her luck mother who was trying to finish school. This paper then asked people to see if they’d be willing to donate a laptop to her so she could continue on with school.
THIS is the type of person who will consistently and repeatedly abuse this new system. THIS is the type of person who I will now pay obscene amounts of taxes for in order for her to have something she never worked for. These people exist today for goodness sake, does anyone think they won’t be leeches on the new system in the days to come?
Finally, what makes this whole thing even more despicable is the way in which it became law. In the last seven months or so, we have seen an incredible groundswell of sentiment against this bill. Through the formation of the Tea Party movement, the anger shown at the summer Town-hall meetings, to the election of a Republican Senator in Massachusetts of all places, people have shown that this bill was not wanted. On top of that, every poll done by pretty much anyone showed that the majority of the people do not want this. Yet, they did it anyways – against the will of the majority.
President Obama may feel like he has left a legacy in his name with this bill. In one way he has. By doing this, he has ensured that a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” is no longer something Americans can expect anymore. That scares and saddens me me more than anything else about this. I hope our country can come out from under this, but I no longer have the confidence I once did in our ability to do so.