In my small business, offering perks to my employees is next to impossible. On the top of my wish list would be the opportunity to offer them health insurance. Many would say that as of recently, that became a possibility. That is sadly not so. I consider President Obama’s national healthcare bill to be perhaps the very worst piece of legislation passed in our country in my lifetime.
Health insurance and health care are two different things. And the president’s effort to extend the former to everyone has in turn driven up it’s cost while reducing the quality of the latter. Because providing opportunity through the free market runs contrary to them, this is a classic example of the liberal mindset of instead wanting to evenly spread misery across a population in the name of fairness.
Cost of healthcare is the issue here. What has been termed Obamacare doesn’t lower the cost of providing the health care. Rather, it expands the pool of those who drive up the costs and extends to the government the power to oversee it. And we all know the government doesn’t ever do things within budget.
How is forcing my employees to buy insurance they can’t afford helping them? How will fining them when they don’t buy it help? Why does a family of 4 making $88,200 a year need a government subsidy for their health insurance? Why do registered sex offenders need access to Viagra on the public dime? And I won’t even go into the publicly funded abortion issue for fear of smashing this keyboard.
I know the attitudes when debating topics such as this are partisan to a fault. I’m guilty as anyone. But to anyone who has ever been passionate about government spending, this ponzi scheme should enrage them. That, and the overt power grab in the assuming of 1/6 of our economy while mimicking the Eruo social democracies does me.
If we really want to make health insurance more affordable to my employees, as I do, then this isn’t the way. Rather, it’s the work of blatant ideologues. There are more affordable, and I’d say effective, things we could try first (say, eliminating state boundaries for the insurance market. Or tort reform, maybe.) They are not interested in those things. They don’t want them getting in the way of their frightening agenda.
This is Big Brother, but in real life. Ignorance, or a complete rejection of the American way, are the only reasons anyone would believe him when he says he’s got good intentions.