Letter: Progressives miss point about Obamacare
Posted on Dec 04, 2013 - 01:19 PM Printer Friendly View
A lot of misinformation has been spread regarding Obamacare and its botched rollout. I want to respond to John Sweeney’s “Let’s be fair” letter of Nov. 14, which perpetrates the Progressive Democratic version of this disaster.
Three years ago, Obama said “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.” He’s repeated this statement many times since, most recently two months prior to the rollout. Mr. Sweeney asserts that we should have implicitly understood that Obama really meant that you can keep your plan “as long as it is offered by the insurer.” This is typical Progressive misinformation. The estimated 5 million policy cancellations are not due to insurance companies deciding to change their offerings, but to requirements built into Obamacare that force them to change.
The fact that the government has decided what level of insurance we should have is bad enough, at least to those of us who still believe we should take responsibility for our own actions. What’s worse is that our president outright lied to us about this for three years.
Progressives will say that he didn’t intentionally lie, that he merely misspoke. What’s worse for the nation—a president who lies to further his own agenda, or a president so out of touch that he makes multiple misleading statements regarding what has been called his “signature accomplishment?” Remember Nancy Pelosi and her, “We need to pass this bill to find out what’s in it?”
Furthering his Progressive argument, Mr. Sweeney castigates the insurance companies for trying to make a profit instead of helping to provide expanded health coverage. When was the last time any successful business did not try to maximize profits? I would hope that Mr. Sweeney’s employer makes a tidy profit. Otherwise he may be out of work soon, or at least working for less than he’s worth.
Over the past several years, we have become a nation of takers—taking from those who are successful and giving to those who aren’t. Where we once celebrated those who worked hard to succeed, we now look on them with envy and outright dislike, expecting them to give up the benefits of their hard work to fund an equivalent lifestyle for those less included to earn it.
As we get further into the time of Obamacare, it will be interesting to see how Progressive Democrats justify the spiraling insurance premiums and tax increases sure to come. Health care has to be paid for. If you work hard and pay your own premiums and income taxes, get ready to subsidize those who don’t.
As someone smarter than me said—if you think health care is expensive now, wait until it’s free. But that’s a subject for another letter.