January 17, 2011
Repeal the Health Care Law
The House of Representatives is going to vote, perhaps in the next 30 days, to repeal the Obamacare Health Care law passed in March of 2010. It's about time.
There are all sorts of things that are wrong with the law, not the least of which is the fact that many, if not all, of the legislators who voted for it didn't even read it.
The past Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, if you remember, said this:
Can you believe the arrogance of a statement like that, even when it's a sound bite potentially taken out of context? I'm still boiling about her saying that and meaning it. Does she think we're idiots out here in the trenches? I guess the next thing she would have said would be, "Enjoy eating that cake boys and girls."
If you go back in history, I'm willing to bet it was unheard of, if not totally unacceptable, to pass a major piece of legislation without the lawmakers reading it and debating it. The final changes to the Health Care Bill happened hours before the vote. There wasn't time to digest what was in it.
Talk to anyone who's read the bill, and you'll see they are still in the fog that Ms. Pelosi talks about in the short video clip above. It's a highly complex piece of legislation to put it mildly.
It's caused my health care costs to rise. They were supposed to go down.
It's unconstitutional. Since when can the government force us to buy anything? Oh, I can hear some now, "But Tim, you have to buy car insurance!" Yes, that's true, but only if you decide you want to drive. Every citizen in the USA doesn't have to buy car insurance, but the current bill makes you buy health insurance.
Do we need health care reform? Of course we do. What we need, and I blogged about this over a year ago right here in the Fire Pit, is open competition.
Any insurance company should be able to sell any insurance policy to anyone or any company in any state at any time. Game, set, match. The free market will ordain the winners and losers in that contest.
Just look at Geico. I'm able to purchase auto insurance online here in New Hampshire just as you might be if you're in New Mexico, Washington or Alaska. Look at their rates compared to those of other insurance companies. No wonder people are buying Geico.
We also need extensive tort reform. That needs to be in the new health care bill.
I'd also like to see the bill written by our members of Congress, not some lobby that's funded by some rich billionaire or other cloaked special-interest group. I'll bet the entire health care bill could be written and be no more than 5 pages long. After all, less said is better. It's clearer and there's less chance of contradictions in the law.
What would you like to see in the new health care bill once we kick the current one to the curb? Just tell me in a comment below. Remember, the Share button works up at the top. If you like this post, share it please.