Problems with Obamacare
In midst of the current fiasco with President Obama’s healthcare reform bill, back-rooms deals are being made so it passes through; whatever the cost. It is disheartening because transparency was key in Obama’s candidacy. Below is the now infamous clips circulating online highlighting Obama (during the president campaign) promising that all processes would be aired on C-Span, on 8 different occasions.
Sadly, anyone who opposes the bill is portrayed as denying the rights of Americans to receive healthcare. There a couple of problems with this view. First, healthcare is a good, not a right. Second, the high prices of healthcare are because of government regulations on the industry which cause prices to skyrocket. Also the exemption of health insurance companies from anti-trust laws kills competitive pricing on healthcare. Every company now charges an arm and a leg (practically literally) for insurance. (On a side note, when Rush Limbaugh went to a hospital in Hawaii and paid cash he saved 30% on his bill.) Government is the cause of the price hikes, now government wants to provide the solution to the very problem it created! Talk about the audacity of hope!
The private sector drives this country, not the government. It also funds the government to protect our civil liberties.
For more on the problems of government-run healthcare, see: