From Steve Hamilton
In regards to the letter of Oct. 16 from the Union County chairperson of the Iowa Democratic party, some facts about Obamacare were left out.
First and foremost is the fact that health care is not a right. Rights are given by our creator. Health care is a very important issue, and I do hope, somehow, all persons can be covered, but health care is not a right.
Second, anything that is going to take over 17 percent of the GDP of the United States is not going to provide anything for FREE. You may not have to pay for your wellness visits, flu shots or other preventative care, but be rest assured you (or some other taxpayer) have payed for them. These services may be NO COST to you at the time of your office visit, but all services are payed by somebody, somewhere. Did the government pay for them? Where does the government get its money? Does taxpayer come to mind? Perhaps the hospital pays for these NO COST services? I think not. One way or another, the services are paid by somebody.
Now, let’s discuss how affordable this Affordable Care Act is. Let’s say you can get medical coverage. Let’s even say it’s as low as $100 or $200 a month. That is $1,200 to $2,400 a year out of your pocket. That amount is only your insurance premium. It is not the price of your health care throughout the year.
Along with the cost of your insurance, you also have more out-of-pocket expenses for which you are responsible called deductibles. Many of the low-cost insurance premiums (called the Bronze plans) have as high as $10,000 deductibles before the insurance will start to pay. That figure is per year. So, our low-cost health care could now run as high as high as $12,400 a year. Perhaps health care is affordable, so long as you do not get sick.
Let alone the nightmare of our affordable health care, our entire life’s medical information will now belong to the government. The government does include the entire alphabet soup of agencies; IRS, FBI, CIA and DHS, to name just a few. As our government collects more information about us as individuals, at what point do you think your life choices will start to determine your health care costs. Are you a smoker? Already, your premiums could be 50 percent more than a nonsmoker. So, smokers now, how about people who are obese? Overweight? High risk job? How long do you think before they become factors in your premiums? Your lifestyle will soon be legislated to you.
Even the House Speaker at the time Obamacare was voted for, Democrat Nancy Pelosi stated “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” There are over 10,500 pages of regulations to the law already. The original law was 2,400 pages. This is legislation that is going to rule over the United States’ health care system and, more importantly, your health care. Our legislatures, politicians, bureaucrats, lobbyists, leeches, crooks and others associated with our government cannot even run our country without overspending $17 trillion, and you expect them to come up with an affordable health care system?
Our health care system was not perfect by any means. However, every person could go to the emergency room to get medically treated. Unfortunately, under that system, many people with the common cold or a splinter in their finger went to emergency rooms for treatment, taking away from those who did require the emergency facilities. Our health care system does need a fix, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is not it.