Ready or not, here it comes. Unless you are an expert in the insurance industry, it is nearly impossible to understand the full impact of Obamacare on our country. I moved here from Massachusetts nearly 29 years ago. We owe the Bay State a debt of gratitude for showing the nation a glimpse of how a mini-Obamacare model works. To break it down, Obamacare is simply a long list of mandates and bureaucratic regulations dictating what providers must offer if they want to stay in business.
When I was in the legislature, the vast majority, including those who called themselves conservative, supported Obamacare type insurance mandates. Insurance mandates are actually very politically popular, especially among the special interest groups that stand to benefit. The only part that is not popular is the escalated premiums. When searching my legislative history of voting against Obamacare types of mandates, it’s easy to find my name because I am always on a short list of legislators who voted “No”. Legislation shouldn’t be a matter of who’s the most “warm and fuzzy” or the bigness of one’s heart. The force of government is very strong and should only be implemented for the purposes of punishing the guilty and protecting the innocent, not interfering with the way free markets work.
Deep down in our souls, with the exception of the most hard-hearted, most of us know that all people should be able to receive life-saving medical care. If people cannot afford basic services, their help should come from charity. If we were allowed to keep more of our income, we would have more money available to donate to charities. Insurance mandates and other bad public policies have driven up the price of medical care to a point where these expenses escalated disproportionately beyond the rate of inflation.
Your feelings about Obamacare have to do with your answer to three questions: