EDITORIAL URGING YOUNG PEOPLE NOT TO ‘OPT OUT’ RIGHT
Thank you for your recent, uncharacteristically reasonable editorial urging young people not to “opt out” of Obamacare (Saturday, Sept. 28). As you note, a true “conservative” appreciates the importance of taking responsibility for their needs and not relying upon others. Going uninsured is like gambling with other people’s money. Eventually, the “opt out” youngster is likely to get seriously sick or injured and, with the cost of health care these days, they simply won’t have the funds on hand to pay their medical bills. The rest of us will have to pick up the tab in the form of higher insurance premiums and/or even higher health care costs.
Stopping the worst law ever written should be a priority. It was written behind closed doors with no negotiations, under cover of darkness. It really isn’t about health care, it’s about every liberal pet “pork project” added in to a 2,000-plus page bill that “must be passed and then we’ll find out what’s in it.” Well, we don’t like what’s in it and the insanity needs to be stopped now. It needs to be scrapped and Congress needs to go back to a bi-partisan drawing board, and give us a bill that is only about improving our health care, not taking it to the lowest common denominator.
We hear from some Republicans that we don’t need to defund it, we can just wait and it will collapse from its own weight. That sounds like a “scorched earth policy” if I ever heard one, which will waste even more money on something that already is a money pit and is likely to suck up our entire economy.
We hear the left side of the aisle screaming “We can’t shut down the government.” Why not? Are they afraid we’ll find out that we like it better when their hand isn’t on the helm and they can’t keep raising our debt?
In December 2008, Rep. Louie Gohmert proposed a tax hiatus of two months because of economic stagnation and so that the government could have additional money to stimulate the economy and to pay bills. Now that he has voted to shut down the government, I wonder if he, as well as other members of Congress, would be willing to forgo his pay to show solidarity with the millions of Americans who, through no fault of their own, will now not have a pay check to pay monthly bills. Or if he is unwilling to give up his paycheck, perhaps he could persuade lenders to shut down their monthly collections until the government is up and running again.
Occasionally statements by President Obama leave me asking, “What did he say?” Here are two recent examples. During a speech to the Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C., Obama said: “raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt.” As Craig Bannister of CNS News observed, “Isn’t the fact that the U.S. has hit its debt ceiling over a hundred times … proof that raising the limit does, in fact, lead to increased debt?”
Next, during a speech at a community college in Largo, Md., Obama stated, “There’s no widespread evidence” Obamacare is hurting jobs. As Jennifer Burke of TPN News points out, “Over the last year, we have heard story after story of businesses cutting worker hours to 29 hours or less a week in order to escape the employer mandate that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide healthcare.”
Why does President Obama make these outlandish statements? Does he think we’re gullible enough to believe them? Is he operating under the belief that if he says something and the media repeats it often enough, we’ll believe it’s true, even if there’s no truth in it? Whatever his reason, this behavior strikes me as inappropriate for a U.S. president. Americans desire a president they can trust to be candid and not self-serving.