Free Health Care Deliver Costly Repercussions

By Kyle Sepe
Staff Columnist

In an interview in 2008, candidate Barack Obama said, “[Hillary Clinton would] have the government force every individual to buy [health] insurance, and I don’t have such a mandate because I don’t think the problem is that the people don’t want health insurance, it’s that they can’t afford it. So I focus more on lowering costs.”

Throughout his 2008 campaign Obama repeatedly pledged that the distinct difference between his healthcare plan and Clinton’s was the absence of an individual mandate.
He mentioned, “If a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody buy a house.”

In 2009, however, President Obama flip-flopped and revealed that his plan does impose an individual mandate by saying, “We can’t control costs unless everyone is covered. If you don’t have an individual mandate then what would everybody do?” He further stated, “For you to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax.”

Then, in June, the Supreme Court ruled Obama Care constitutional specifically under the Taxing Clause.

Was the Supreme Court wrong?

In 2008, Obama pledged, “If you are a family making less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes go up.”

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates a tax increase of $1.93 trillion to pay for Obama Care. Four million Americans will lose their employer-sponsored health plans by 2016 and will have to pay the penalty/tax. Seventy-five percent of those make less than $120,000 per year.

Aside from all arguments over ObamaCare, I want to address why it is detrimental for young Americans.

We always hear that young Americans can remain on their parents’ insurance plan until age 26. But what happens when we turn 27? Get a job in this economy? Is the statistic of a 53.6 percent unemployment rate amongst college graduates irrelevant? Why not stay on our parents’ plan forever?

Insurance companies stipulate that young adults will pay higher premiums under ObamaCare because of the “age rating system”. ObamaCare’s “rate compression” causes insurers to charge low premiums for older adults and higher premiums for younger adults. Actuaries predict premiums amongst 18-24 year-olds will rise 45 percent.

ObamaCare’s tax burdens severely restrict business growth and financial independence, which further limits job opportunities for our age group. Is that good? Likewise, the quality of care affects our entire medical future. Now the government can dictate the necessity of any medical procedure; check-ups, diagnostic tests, surgeries, end-of-life care, etc. Shouldn’t this be between you and your doctor? Our individual liberty is violated with this dangerous precedent. Under ObamaCare, say hello to your new doctor: government.

Don’t you wonder why the quality of care is better in America, or why the “waiting time” to see a doctor is drastically shorter compared to other countries? There’s minimal governmental intrusion—until now.

Finally, when doctors are reimbursed less than the cost of medical procedures, self-practice closure is inevitable. We won’t get to keep our doctors because they will be out of business; we won’t be able to keep our insurance because it will be too expensive.

Free healthcare isn’t so “free” after all. But is anything really free? More taxes, more federal intrusion, more debt, more cuts, and reduced liberty between patient and doctor leads to poor quality healthcare. It’s sometimes easy to get mired in explanations from those who claim ObamaCare is “good” for everyone. But if it’s good for everyone, then why is it that the prime ministers of countries that have adopted socialized medicine like Canada and Italy, for instance, come to America for their surgeries?

ObamaCare isn’t about access to affordable, quality health care; it’s about control. You would no longer be in control of your health care and thus essentially—your life. If President Obama gets a second term and bipartisan reform isn’t implemented, our generation won’t recognize this country in four years.

Comments

5 Responses to “Free Health Care Deliver Costly Repercussions”
  1. John says:

    Hear, hear!

  2. yes4me says:

    I agree that Obamacare is not great at all. After all I was for the public option. But that doesn’t mean that the government is incapable of doing anything right. When it come to heath care, the military have an excellent heath care system for example.

    “You would no longer be in control of your health care and thus essentially—your life.”
    That’s not true. Health care is an insurance. It is not a choice to live or die. In a perfect world, competition would keep the price down. But in the US, all health care companies work together to charge you the max you can afford. Hence why we need a public option. In other word, we need a at least a government heath care alternative to the private corporations. Finally, we are the only industrialize country on the planet who doesn’t have a public option. If the private option was so great, then why does no other country want to do it? Because heath care companies will find excuses to make sure you don’t get treated when you need the most in order to save money (ex: preexisting condition, delay operation, etc…). The only people who can afford better heath care coverage are the rich and if you are poorer you have less control of your life, A public option would have level the field a bit for everyone

  3. Jose says:

    Well written. Thank you.

  4. Stephen says:

    This is one of the most poorly written articles I believe I’ve ever read. While I don’t have a definitive position on the issue yet, I can assure you that what I’ve just read will play no part in the decision. I feel no more informed after reading it than I was before. A simple fact count within it leaves me with enough fingers still to both one key tap out this response and finish my sandwich at the same time. There were multiple, redundant, fallacies as well as many intentionally half explanations and at times, things that I know to be blatant deceptions from my work in the medical industry. This is the kind of discourse that is quickly going to become a distasteful relic of the past due to the ubiquitous homogenization of information in our day and age; it will be like so many stains on the faces of the media outlets that disseminated it, a blight, for all those who love truth and equality, to see and avoid.

  5. Steven Green says:

    Nothing is really “free” during these hard times, but I think the goal for ObamaCare is affordable doctor’s fee and medical procedures. And if the doctor’s treatment would be different because of the lower charges, then wouldn’t they be lying in their oaths when they say “I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice…I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice…”

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