The following letter to my Congressman and Senators (all Dems) was my small attempt to turn the ever-growing anxiety I have been feeling over ObamaCare into something productive.
Here’s to freedom of speech and an unrestricted Internet while we still have them.
I beg for you to sincerely listen to the concerns I have regarding healthcare reform. I am losing faith in our federal government and most of the elected officials in Washington by the minute, but am hopeful that you will be one of the few who actually listens to their constituents and votes according to their communicated interests. While I am registered as a Republican, I identify myself more as a socially conscious fiscal conservative, and respect politicians, regardless of party affiliation, who reflect these values. I am also a clinical social worker who has worked in the healthcare field for over 7 years and understand that healthcare reform is necessary, though I am not in favor of the “reform” that is being proposed.
I am writing to express my concerns not only about the healthcare reform legislation, but also over the heaping piles of hypocrisy and untruths that are mounting by some in Washington in their painstaking efforts to mislead Americans and exert even more control our lives through this and other legislation.
Double-Standard, Hypocrisy, and Fuzzy Economics
First, it is disturbing that this legislation will eventually force most Americans out of their private insurance and into government-run healthcare, but the Congress isn’t willing to give up the outstanding private insurance they currently enjoy. It is disingenuous for elected officials to claim that this legislation will provide “quality healthcare for all” that will be “similar” to the plans that you receive as Congressmen/women when that is absolutely not true. If it were, then why is Congress exempt from the legislation and why was the amendment proposed by a small group of Senators to replace Congress’s private insurance with the “public option” turned down by the majority in favor of the “public option” legislation? I find this double-standard unacceptable.
(See Wall Street Journal article: “Their Own Medicine: Senators Prefer the Insurance They Have”
Second, it is hypocritical for the White House and Congressional leaders to say that the legislation is “fiscally responsible” and will “save the taxpayer money,” particularly when the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s report clearly states otherwise with the price tag is in the trillions of dollars. (See CBO’s report: http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/104xx/doc10400/07-26-InfoOnTriCommProposal.pdf These politicians are claiming fiscal responsibility at the same time they are bankrupting our country. Perhaps Congress would have more money to address reform efforts had they not exploited the economic crisis and signed a blank check bill to fund countless liberal agendas/frivolous projects (e.g., http://forums.ctrecord.com/showthread.php?t=2988) in the name of economic “stimulus” and “recovery, “which has only added to unprecedented deficit that will plague our currency and inhibit future economic prosperity. The hypocrisy is exasperating.
Third, the arguments provided that this legislation will decrease cost and “increase competition” leaves a logical person baffled. How does spending more money than you have save money? Additionally, in a free market economy, which breeds success precisely because of the absence of government interference, the party line that a public option will foster “competition” and “keep insurance companies honest” is, again, disingenuous and nonsensical b/c revenue-generating businesses could never “compete” with an entity that doesn’t have to produce profits and can, consequently, set prices far below market value. Additionally, setting artificially low prices for the “public option” will result in lower reimbursement rates to healthcare providers, which will have a negative impact on the entire healthcare market, including employment. Government interference in a free-market economy hurts everyone except the government.
Furthermore, lies continue to mount in increasing quantity and frequency regarding the issue of being able to maintain your current health coverage. I hear over and over that “you will be able to keep your doctor,” despite the fact that this promise is not found anywhere in the legislation. Let’s be honest, the real issue everyone cares most about is whether you be able to “keep your private insurance.” According to what has been proposed (See H.R. 3200, page 16+: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3200ih.txt.pdf), there will be restrictions on private insurance and enrollment. If your current policy changes or it doesn’t meet the government’s standards, it will no longer be considered “eligible” and you will be forced to drop it. Further, it appears that you will be restricted from enrolling in a new private policy, leaving only the public option. Rather ironically, there is no “option” at all.
Perhaps you might be able to “keep your doctor” under a public plan but what will your care look like? Will you be able to see your doctor regularly and in a timely manner that you desire? Will you be able to self-refer to a specialist as permitted under a PPO plan, a plan which many Americans, including Congress, have and favor? Will you be able to be seen by a specialist within a week or two of a suspected problem? Many of us know the answer to these questions under the proposed plan is “no”. The answer is “no” because care will need to be rationed as it does in every other country that employs a socialist healthcare model, which is what this legislation represents. (See: H.R. 3200, page 29 http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3200ih.txt.pdf), and ARTICLE : “Call it What It Is: Rationed Healthcare” http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/06/call_it_what_it_is_rationed_he.html There is no way for any government to provide “healthcare for all” without rationing, as there are just not enough providers and facilities, let alone money, to achieve this goal.
The truth is that the legislation being considered right now simply unlocks the door that leads to a single-payer system, which is exactly the major objective for liberals. While I am wholeheartedly against this agenda, which will destroy the best health care system in the world, I commend politicians like Ted Kennedy and Barney Frank, who at least have admitted that this has been their objective without misleading people. (See VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3BS4C9el98&NR=1)
By contrast, President Obama and his Administration share the liberal goal of single payer (See VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAyan1fXCE and ARTICLE “Obama Touts Single Payer System for Healthcare” http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/08/19/obama-touts-single-payer-system/ )but are now trying to mask it in order to placate concerned Americans, by saying that the effects of “universal coverage” is different than “single payer”. All of their “fishy misinformation” is a semantics strategy and it is grossly misleading.
Ultimately, as it is outlined in the current legislation, the bureaucrats in Washington, not American citizens, will have absolute control over our healthcare, among other things including insight into our tax records (see HR 3200, Section 431(a), Section 425(b)(2)( A), and Section 1801(A) http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h3200ih.pdf
and “real-time” access to our finances (see HR 3200, Section 163). We will have no choice and no control over the most important aspects of our lives. With the help of the national media, the White House and some members of Congress are trying to keep the realities of the legislation from the public and, sadly, attacking and slandering anyone who attempts to bring the truth forward.
We Are Officially Paying Attention
One thing is certain: this and other legislation have ignited a new-found interest in Washington politics for those of us who were previously disengaged. I am so saddened at what I’ve been discovering, how our country has transformed over the past 7 months, and what it will become if we continue on this socialist trajectory of government intrusion into our lives. I am disheartened by this Administration, our current Congressional leadership, the way they are misleading the American public. Congress is trying to pass this legislation quickly because they know that as Americans learn more of the radical details embedded within the current labyrinth-like legislation (e.g., http://community.marketwatch.com/groups/us-politics/topics/heres-whats-healthcare-bill), rational-thinking, freedom-loving, tax-paying American citizens would never agree to it. Without a choice, we will be forced to sacrifice freedom, quality of care, and more of our hard-earned dollars to fund poor care for everyone, including millions of illegal immigrants. In a nutshell, Congress knows this is radical legislation that voters will oppose but wish to pass it anyway. This is not the representation we expect of our elected officials and, consequently, our trust in them is eroding.
The only good thing that may result by this unprecedented assault on freedom in America, which is now directly affecting every American, is that more of us are becoming engaged in the political process and paying attention to legislation and how our elected officials are voting. We want our officials’ votes to represent our voice, not their own ideological beliefs or paybacks to special interest groups or political colleagues. We are paying attention and will make sure we elect officials who truly represent their constituents the next time we are able to cast our votes.
Please Do the Right Thing
In closing, I agree that some reforms in healthcare need to happen but I, along with the majority of Americans, do not want a hasty, careless, complete overhaul that will cost us dearly in dollars and freedom and decrease the access to and quality of care for everyone. Please consider that support for this legislation is diminishing as well as the polls that are showing and that 80% of Americans are happy with their insurance and the care they currently receive. (See: ” Debate Focuses on a Satisfied Majority: Those with Health Insurance Are Vital.”dyn/content/article/2009/07/27/AR2009072701372.html)
Please push for reform that won’t bankrupt our country and interfere with the free market, and will allow those of us who are happy with our current situation to maintain what we have without being penalized for it or force us into a public plan. Please promote reform in gratuitous medical lawsuits, interstate sale of insurance, and other areas that will truly help to lower the cost of healthcare and help provide care for currently uninsured American citizens (not illegal immigrants). Please incorporate reform proposals from Republicans and Independents to develop bipartisan legislation that the American people can embrace without fear. Please TAKE YOUR TIME to READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL LEGISLATION before voting and DO NOT VOTE for legislation that includes anything that resembles a “public option” and/or policies that will infringe on our freedom, liberty, or privacy. I pray for you to DO THE RIGHT THING, not only for your constituents but for the future of America.