Right Wing Mandate – by Roger Molnar
I saw a post on Facebook the other day that said:
I don’t mind criticism of President Obama or his policies, as long as that criticism is not a lie.
It seems there has been a lot of lies and misinformation being put out there about the Health Care Reform Law better known as Obamacare. One of the biggest points of misinformation is about the individual mandate. So much of that misinformation comes from the Right. What is not put out there in the media or being a part of the message being fed to us, the individual mandate was the idea of George H. W. Bush. The Heritage Foundation not only supported that mandate but they also helped to write it. Since Bill Clinton won the election in 1992, that idea was tabled until 1993 when it was brought back as “Health Equity and Access Reform Today Act of 1993″ and the “Consumer Choice Health Security Act of 1994″. Both Republican plans had the individual mandate included, which they used as an alternate plan of Clinton’s reform. In other words the individual mandate is a Right wing idea.
I have heard so many people saying the mandate goes against freedom and liberty. Although, they don’t define what that means. The way I see it, the mandate stops the freedom of stealing health care. If someone is uninsured and gets in an accident, they are taken to the hospital. No hospital is able to turn people away because they cant pay so the uninsured receives care and the hospital writes off the bill. Why aren’t they concerned about the liberty of all of us who pay higher prices to cover those bills that are written off. What about the liberty of the health care providers having to treat people without payment? If everyone was insured, prices would drop as well as the cost of insurance.
There are many people out there who are rooting for the Supreme Court to rule against Obamacare. Let me give a few examples about what they are rooting against:
Ending discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions
Dismissing a lifetime cap of services. If you get sick a 2nd time you are still covered.
A provision already in effect, insurance providers must spend 80% of premiums on health care, if they spend less, they must refund the overpayment. This keep premiums low.
When everyone has access to preventive care they are less likely to be sick which is much more expensive than preventive care.
Millions of young adults will be able to be covered on their parents insurance until age 26 or until they can get their own insurance.
It disappoints me that health care has become a Left/Right issue. It should not be. In my opinion health care is a right and it should be affordable for all of us.