Health Care or Health Insurance – What is Obamacare about?

One of the issues raised by Supreme Court Justices concerns whether ObamaCare is about health insurance or health care? If the issue is health insurance then Congress is mandating something that a segment of our society cannot afford –the poor. People who don’t get health insurance face a financial penalty which would have a tragic effect on them. Because of the present state of our economy, many middle class people have slipped down the social-economic ladder and the insurance or the penalty could be a financial burden.

If the issue is health care, what would the federal government consider to be the minimum coverage necessary for all Americans? ObamaCare when implemented would virtually take over the health care industry through its regulations. Regulations, if you have not noticed, tend to drive costs up, not down. For example, the law mandates that providers give free care to the needy. Nothing is free because there are costs for the so-called “free care.” We provide the free care through higher taxes. Then there is the problem of defining who the needy are. If given the option of getting free care or paying for it, people will choose the free care.

Obviously, Congress has not learned its lessons. History has demonstrated that when Lyndon Johnson instituted his War on Poverty and increased welfare benefits, the number of people who went on welfare increased. Getting rent money, food stamps and other benefits was better than working. The state welfare rolls ballooned causing a serious financial crisis. Those who worked paid for those not working. Rather than decrease the chasm between classes, it had the reverse effect. Waste and fraud were ever present in the welfare programs because the government could not efficiently manage them.

Now we have ObamaCare to contend with. ObamaCare is so mammoth in scope, with so many pages of regulations (2700 pages) and so difficult to understand that it is ripe for fraud and waste. Already the Congressional Budget Office has reported that the original estimate of 900 billion to pay for the program was too low. Cost projections show that the program will cost 1.76 trillion dollars when it starts and is projected to rise to 2.56 trillion when fully operational.

Making ObamaCare constitutional will push the United States towards more debt with a bigger deficit that cannot be sustained over time. It would create a Greece type of economy by making us more dependent on the federal government , impose financial hardships on the workers of America who will have to pay for the uninsured and cause millions to replace their present corporate paid insurance with ObamaCare. If ObamaCare is so good, why doesn’t the President and members of Congress give up their present health insurance for the benefits of ObamaCare?

“The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” Albert Camus


About camden41

Retired public school administrator Retired history professor: Taught Western Civilization, American Civil War, United States History, Economic History, Ancient & Medieval Foundations, American History Since 1945
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