By Kyle Sepe
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.