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Let’s be responsible for our well-being


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Congress has been debating the repeal of Obamacare. One big factor we must carefully consider is this: The federal government was never intended to provide health care.
Our Constitution recognizes some rights to be guaranteed. Among these are freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of the press. Other needs, including health care, housing, groceries and automobiles are seen as personal responsibilities.
People are crying, “Millions of people will lose coverage if we repeal Obamacare.”
We must answer, “That was never the government’s responsibility in the first place. What did poor people do before we had the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? There were clinics for poor people. We have always had safety nets for the poor.”
Obamacare caused most families to have to pay much higher premiums for medical coverage. We shouldn’t be surprised. Medical care got more expensive as soon as Congress passed Medicare. Whenever the federal government pokes its nose where it doesn’t belong, it makes matters worse. Look at what the U.S. Department of Education has done.
I was talking to a man who has a small business. He told how he would like to hire some help, but he could not afford to give them the insurance he would be required to give, so he does without any hired help. Perhaps government interference is counterproductive.
Elmer T. Peterson (1896-1977) was quoted, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.” All indications suggest that Obamacare was a big step in that direction.
Whenever we depend on government to do for us what we should do for ourselves, we will have a loss of freedom. Let’s repeal Obamacare and make everyone responsible for his/her own well-being.
Russell A. Scott