In the early days of our nation,churches were everywhere. And they spawned hundreds of organizations for every conceivable social problem in the country,as noted by Alexis de Tocqueville in his book “Democracy in America.”
But starting in the early 20th century (and rapidly increasing as our government and the public square became more secular),government expanded in an effort to solve every problem that existed among the people. The solutions all involve creating a government program and spending a lot of money on it.
If the Affordable Care Act makes any insurance affordable,it is because the government is either pricing insurance below what a private insurer can offer,or it is because the government is subsidizing the cost for the person buying it.
So what is so bad about Obamacare?
1) At a time of record deficits and unsustainable federal debt,the government is committing itself to giving increasing billions of dollars a year to people for health insurance. Our government has no concern about the effects of deficit spending and overall debt on our country. Those in our government who do care are not effectively presenting the case to the American people what the problems are,and the media are not helping.
Very simply put,our economy can (and will) collapse;and the recession of 2008 will be like the good old days. The depression of the 1930s won’t look so bad either.
2) The government is working to drive out the private enterprise of health insurance to replace it with government-run health insurance. The government is offering health insurance in direct competition with private insurers;but the government doesn’t have to make a profit,so they can offer anything they want. Slowly and surely,they will eventually take over the industry.
Why it that so bad? They will be taking more and more of your money. So unless you are one of those really rich people who will always make a lot of money,or you work for the government where they take good care of their own,your standard of living will go down (and down,and down.)
3) The government is creating another way for people to become dependent on the government for their subsistence. 1 in 7 Americans are now dependent on the government for food (food stamps). Student loans used to be run by banks;now people are depending on the government to be able to go to college. American freedom assumed that people would take care of themselves,and America achieved the highest level of prosperity the world has ever seen. Now America’s prosperity is slowly fading into the distant past.
4) The goal is to reduce the number of people working to support more and more people who are either not working or who are barely subsisting by working in order to make everyone more equal. Except,of course,there will always be the very rich,people who are able to take advantage of whatever obstacles the life or the government can throw before them and profit from them. And then there are those in public service,the people employed by the government for the noble task of taking care of the rest of us,who are rewarded handsomely for their efforts. The median income of those people who live in the Washington DC area is well above the national average. And when you consider that DC itself has a growing lower class (read:poor minorities),that figure takes on another meaning.
5) For much of the modern era,when medical care exponentially improved and medical insurance became a staple of American life,insurance was linked with employment (and family insurance was linked to full-time employment.)
But now that families are essentially being denigrated as unnecessary and stifling to personal fulfillment,coincidentally(?) more and more work is becoming part-time. And companies are dropping their insurance coverage,which Obamacare is accelerating.
Apart from employer-sponsored health insurance,insurance was unaffordable for most people. But many would say that encouraging people to work full-time is a good thing. But now the government will make all that unnecessary,as it can do what nobody else can:make anything more affordable by making other people pay for it.
I hear so many people saying that Obamacare is the law of the land,and that there is nothing we can do about it. Laws are changed and overturned almost every day. This is one law 2,000 pages long that can and should be eliminated as soon as possible,before too many people get addicted to the government goody bag again.