Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Price and Burdens of Enforcing Obamacare
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), Inaugural Address, January 21, 1961
I have always admired President John Kennedy’s eloquence.
I also admire President Obama as a person.
But these sentiments do not mean I agree with either President Obama's or President Kennedy’s social agendas.
In the case of Obama, the agenda seems to be social equity through income and health care redistribution. This agenda brings to mind Samuel Johnson’s aphorism,”The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
The same might be true if President Kennedy’s intentions were to be applied to health care, one the most complex ecosystems known to man., which would make the price and burdens of enforcing ObamaCare too high.
I do not believe, we as a nation can:
· pay any price to cover every citizen for every health care eventuality when that price is $2.7 trillion, three times the promised estimate; dramatically increase premiums by an average of 47% on the individual market for those not receiving federal subsidies; slow economic growth and produces joblessness; convertsfull-time jobs to part-time jobs; cost more, reduce choice, and provide worse coverage.
· Bear any burden, causing us and our descendants to pay off a $17 trillion national debt, soon to be $20 trillion or more, and in the process imposing an unacceptable tax burden on the middle class.
· meet all the hardships and support all the needs of every citizen no matter what their individual situation.
· oppose any foe that that disapproves or your philosophy of government.
· Asks everyone what they can do for the country rather than what they can do for themselves.
There are exceptions for those unable to fend for themselves because of sickness or poverty, but in the main we pride ourselves on being a self-sufficient and self-reliant nation whose strength comes from below rather than being imposed from above.Tweet: Price of ObamaCare, with higher premiums and deductibles and reduced choices, may be too great a burden for the middle class to bear.