America: Obamacare

I’m going to write a different type of article than I usually do. I am going to write about my views on Obamacare, one of America’s hottest political topics right now. I believe Christians should not shy away from being involved in government affairs, but should be active while reflecting Christ. I’m not saying Christian should completely run government, I’m just simply saying that if you are a Christian, I think you have a duty to be educated and somewhat involved in your government. Not to mention it is our American duty to at the very least vote for our leaders.

First, let me say that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has already begun to negatively impact my family. I don’t want to get into that right now, but your prayers would be appreciated.

Now, let me say that the Affordable Care Act should have never been passed. The bill originated in the Senate, which makes it unconstitutional. The reason is that this was a spending bill. Those, according the our Constitution, have to originate in the House of Representatives. The Senate just simply categorized it as a separate type of bill.

Next, I would like to ask a question. If Obamacare is so great, why doesn’t congress want any part of it? Before the shutdown a couple of weeks ago, the House proposed 3 or 4 different resolutions to avoid the shutdown. One of those was that government would be fully funded, but an amendment would be made to the ACA. That amendment would take away the exemption for Congress. The Democrats in the Senate just threw it out. So, Congress passes a law, that they refuse to live by. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas led the charge to save America from Obamacare in the Senate. What’s supposed to happen is that Congress will pass a law AND live by that law whether it’s good or bad. Not in this case. We can not have that from our politicians.

At this point I’d like to focus the attention to the government shutdown that ended earlier this week. Before I start on this point, please keep in mind I’m not placing all blame on Democrats. Republicans were at fault too. However, President Obama and Democrats in the Senate took Republicans hostage during this shutdown.  Here’s some points for the government shutdown:

  • President Obama lied.
  • Democrats refused to negotiate.
  • President Obama lied again.

Let’s start at the negotiations, or lack thereof. From what I saw, the Republicans (particularly those in the House) tried to compromise. But Speaker Boehner and others was also trying to represent the American people. I usually don’t complement the Speaker because he has been to weak in the past, but he was tough over the last three weeks. I appreciate that. President Obama kept saying he was willing to negotiate and compromise with anyone, yet he told the Speaker that he would NOT negotiate with him. Basically it’s his way or the highway.

Now, Obama also said that we would default. Well, there’s a problem. Constitutionally, the United States is required to pay her debts. The only way that we would default is if the President told the Secretary of the Treasury to not pay our debts. That would be an impeachable offense.

I could start on how much of a wreck the Obamacare website is, but I’d rant for another thousand words.

Our federal government has lied to the People. The federal government has become way too invasive. When 2014 and 2016 comes around, the American people need to elect fiscally conservative politicians. Today, we broke the $17 Trillion mark on our national debt. It will just keep growing from this point. Here’s to hoping Congress works out a budget deal before the next “crisis” happens early in 2014. 

This post is open for discussion as long as you can keep yourself respectful. 

-Austin

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About Austin Coons

18 years old. Follower of Jesus Christ. MBI Freshman. I’m blogging because it gives me the chance to share what God has shared with me :) I hope the blog is a blessing. All glory goes to God!

Posted on October 18, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Just like Social Security, Medicare, the Food Stamp program, and Unemployment Insurance that came before, you implement a law attempting to address big problems, then you amend it over the years and fix what doesn’t work. Sometimes it takes decades.

    I agree with you that the ACA is not what we deserve. It’s still a system of privatized insurance, when what we need is single-payer, universal coverage – Medicare for All, to oversimplify the concept. Medicare isn’t perfect, but it’s cheap, actually a financially solvent government-run health care program that fulfills most of what it promises to provide.

    This sort of care choice was originally a key part of the ACA. But the inclusion of a “public option” was stripped out of the law, poisoning its chances of success.

    Everyone deserves the benefit of the superior medical technology we’ve developed to improve health outcomes, and as believers we share the responsibility to care for the needs of the least of us. But until we get out from under the tyranny of having for-profit insurance companies decide medical necessity, and regulate the cost through simplification of the process and mandated participation, we won’t be able to prevent unexpected medical crises from bankrupting people.

    I am truly sorry for whatever negative effect this period of legal unrest is having on your family.

  2. As Christians we all should be concerned about the welfare of our fellow man. The Affordable Care Act addresses several issues with the American health insurance system, primarily the cost of health care and making health insurance available to everyone. Before the Affordable Care Act a child or an adult with a pre-existing condition could not afford health insurance, or if they could find an affordable policy, it did not cover the pre-existing condition. If you have diabetes, or a heart condition, or even if you were born with a health condition you were out of luck. Perhaps your child is born with a defective heart and needs extensive surgical procedures to correct the abnormality. Before the Affordable Care Act even if the family had health insurance coverage most of the policies included a lifetime cap on benefits. It may cost over a million dollars by the time the child is three and after this the child is no longer covered by the health insurance policy the parents have paid for. Say you just graduated from college and are working at a job that doesn’t offer health care insurance. You may think you are fine since you are young and healthy and don’t need health insurance. Then one day you are walking down the street and trip and fall and hit your head on the pavement and you require extensive medical procedures and months of physical therapy to return to a normal life. Without health insurance you go to the hospital and get the treatment you need to survive, and you get a bill for over $50,000. Since you don’t have the ability to pay the bill you file for bankruptcy and don’t have to pay the bill. What the hospital does to make up for this cost is pass this expense on to other patients with insurance by charging higher fees. With the Affordable Care Act a child can be covered by their parents health insurance policy up to the age of 26, and it requires everyone to have health insurance coverage so the hospitals won’t need to pass on the cost of treating the uninsured.

    Of course there are problems with the Affordable Care Act, and in our democracy the way to fix problems with a law is to go through the process of introducing a law in congress and getting it passed by the house and the senate and signed by the president. In the case of the Affordable Care Act the only thing the GOP members of congress have attempted to do is to repeal the law or delay its implementation. When these attempts are not successful, they threaten to shut down the government and force the president to negotiate. The Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and decided it was constitutional. Despite what some people think this is the way our democracy is supposed to work. Maybe after the 2016 election and the country has a GOP president and a GOP congress they can pass a bill repealing Obamacare. Whether they will replace it with Romneycare or some other law, or leave the American public to fend for themselves and hope the job they have offers affordable health care insurance and their children don’t get hurt or they don’t have some preexisting condition. Shutting down the government or risking the financial health of our country by not raising the debt ceiling is not the way to force a change to a law.

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