Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness could foot the bill...and a lot of cash.
As the health care reform debates settle for a holiday break, only to resume again shortly after, I am left to ponder the question: what are the Democrats really after? Do they care about the millions of Americans without health insurance or is this a scam to take over our entire health care industry? Is this about saving lives or controlling lives?
The government already has programs to assist the elderly, poor, and our vets and in many cases our children, however, their effectiveness and financial stability is of much concern and debate. The focus and distress should be over those who do not have access to health insurance. That number is floating around is 46 million, but if you analyze that figure you will find out that many millions of the uninsured are actually eligible for existing government programs like Medicaid and SCHIP. You will also find that some of the uninsured can afford it, but choose not purchase it. Many would rather buy material objects rather than health insurance or anything to do with their own health and wellness for that matter. As the government promotes the 46 million figure in order to move their agenda, the health insurance industry sees it closer to 8.2 million. For the sake of argument and propaganda emerging from both sides –– government and the health insurance companies – –lets say the real number lies somewhere in the middle, and that nobody is denying that we should help the uninsured and fix our health care system. Despite the price tag, most would like to see health care reform done in an efficient manner and without trampling on American liberties and putting our "unalienable rights” at risk.
"We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." –– Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776Life:
Nancy Pelosi used restrictions on abortion coverage to pass the Democrats' health care reform bill through the House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thus far has not. John Boehner cites many disturbing facts about abortion in the Senate bill: “Senator Reid’s plan would levy a new “abortion premium” fee on Americans in the government-run plan: the government will determine when an abortion is allowed under the government-run health plan; and Reid’s plan also requires that at least one insurance plan offered in the Exchange covers abortions.”
Last I checked, other than when a woman’s life or health is at risk, abortion is an elective procedure and is not part of health care –– care that saves lives not terminates them. If the Democrats are willing to sacrifice the unborn in order to provide health insurance to others, this should be a non-starter for anyone that cares about the sanctity of life. And considering us pro-lifers see abortion as “the shedding of innocent blood” and those on the pro-choice side already have the right to choose to terminate, we should have the right to choose NOT to pay.
Due to the Democrats' use of closed-door meetings and unwillingness to compromise on any issue, one can only conclude that their health care reform proposals have more to do with government control and their coddling of and catering to the Left and their ideology of "social justice" and the redistribution of wealth. While this “Robin Hood” mentality is quite amusing, it is a serious matter that if realized will cripple our economy as well as our society, leaving many Americans less prosperous and others unmotivated.
Nothing is free, especially when it is proposed or delivered by the government. The Senate Democrats’ deception on the cost of this massive 2,074-page legislation is troubling, claiming to cost $849 billion over a decade. Did the Democrats flunk math or is this a gimmick? Reid and his cohorts will begin collecting taxes "for 10 years (2010-2019); however, actual health care expenditures are scheduled just for the final 6 years of that period"; this means that the Senate’s bill actual price tag is closer to $1.6 trillion, providing all proposed cuts come to fruition.
So, who is going to pay for it? As noted by the Wall Street Journal, “both the House and Senate bills make hundreds of billions of dollars in proposed cuts in spending on Medicare. But the two chambers differ on how to raise revenue. The House legislation relies largely on an income surtax on the wealthy. The Senate bill would raise money across a range of health care sources”. And to be exact, there are 17 proposed taxes in the Senate Bill.
Consequently the taxpayers will pay and to be more precise…the rich! This reminds of the movie Other People’s Money; the Democrats want to take care of all of our woes and use money from the rich. It is not enough that "five percent of Americans pay over half the income taxes in this country and forty percent of Americans pay no income taxes at all" –– and now they want even more.
It is honorable and righteous to help the poor and sick in our country and that of other countries as we do, however, it is entirely wrong to build an entitlement mentality. The rich are demonized and penalized; yet, they do more than there share of paying for government-run programs as well as their contributions to charity. Now the Democrats want the rich to pay for health care reform and be subjected to one of the biggest redistributions of wealth plans in recent history, with the potential of a government takeover of the entire health care system, which will affect everyone’s liberty––the rich and the poor alike.
Pursuit of Happiness:
The “pursuit of happiness” is a somewhat ambiguous part of the phrase by Thomas Jefferson and can be interpreted in many ways. Unfortunately, we are a culture of instant gratification, where we want and have everything within minutes, even if it is not good for us. Health and wealth are two key examples: instead of a little discipline in our life, we want a pill to fix all of our ailments and even to solve our self-inflicted health predicaments. Take a look at the success of the lottery system; people are willing to spend their last dollar on luck. And to add insult to injury, we seek out superficial happiness, those things that offer short-term solutions to a much more profound and lasting inner need. No longer do we rely on work ethics of commitment, diligence and integrity; we are moving away from accountability and self-sufficiency and toward dependence on government for everything.
Do these government entitlement programs propel our pursuit of happiness? What we fail to realize is that government interference many times leads to less liberty –– we lose more of our freedoms even if we don’t pay the tab. Moreover, the government is not responsible for our happiness––their job is to get out of the way “in our pursuit”. I can’t speak for the rich because I am not one of them –– I'm actually one of the millions that would benefit from more government entitlements and handouts. What I can say is that relying on our government for health, happiness, our needs and desires is not only debilitating, but in the end, will stifle our true pursuit of happiness; that which on a deeper level signifies inner peace, which is captured more so when we are independent — individually and as a nation.
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Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Nov 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm