As I watched the debates and the vote on the so-called affordable heath care bill Saturday night, I could only feel an incredible sadness for our nation.
The “politics of feeling,” so expertly expressed by the president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have resulted in the passage of a bill that ignores the majority’s will for supposedly helping the minority at a great expense to the American public. Polls have shown 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care insurance and wish to retain the power of choice available in our current system, but this was swept aside for the “good” of the 20 percent who cannot afford to purchase insurance. How does the more-than-2,000-page House Resolution 3962 do this? Apparently by creating some 200-plus bureaucratic agencies that will oversee health care needs from cradle to grave — and should you refuse to participate in this huge government takeover of your personal health decisions, you will be heavily fined and/or thrown in jail.
Our founding fathers surely are rolling over in their graves. Their original interpretation of “promoting the general welfare” was supposed to be promoting good things for the general population overall, not one particular group over another. Needless to say, the “right to health care” is found nowhere in the U.S. Constitution, nor is the redistribution of wealth.
Health care costs do need to come down, but this is not another crisis, as some would have you think, so why not take the time to get a truly bipartisan reform that does not add to the national debt, raise taxes or rob Medicare?