By Leroy Donald
It sounded believable at the time: "If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, PERIOD." "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, PERIOD." Those words still echo in the minds of many Americans who were willing to accept the dubious forecast and hope for the best. As it turned out, those overused words were no more than baseless assertions made by President Obama and aimed at selling his health care plan regardless of the merits or the outcome.
Like most Americans, I chose not to question Obama's honesty or his understanding of Obamacare. Since he signed the bill, he should have a thorough understanding of how it will work and how it will affect the American people. I did have serious doubts, however, about providing health insurance to an additional 30 million Americans and yet saving insurance holders $2,500 per year on their insurance premiums.
Obama's persistent praise and acclaim for Obamacare convinced many Americans that their health care plans would continue to serve them well without change or interruption and with substantial reductions in premiums. Further more, tens of millions of Americans without health care would get the coverage they deserved under his plan. That was quite a mouthful but it didn't take long to realize after the Oct. 1 rollout of Obamacare that what had been voiced through that wide span of pearly whites was no more than a commercial promotion to get him reelected, a far cry from the truth about Obamacare, but it worked.
That rollout proved to be a 3 ½ year, $600 million website disaster capable of processing a mere fraction of the enrollees required by the schedule. And contrary to the promises made by Obama, you may not be able to keep your plan, your doctor, your hospital, your low premium or your deductible. Most plans, it was learned, would have to be upgraded to standards prescribed by the federal government, so naturally they would be much more expensive, sometimes by a factor of four. Substandard plans would have to be canceled. As of this writing, about 5.5 million insurance plans are designed to help finance the cost of Obamacare. Most Americans were perfectly happy with the plans they had.
The strategy behind the Obamacare madness is to overcharge a vast number of Americans to fund the program. Those who cannot afford the additional cost become the program's collateral damage. It's wholesale collection and redistribution of wealth by the federal government, a control mandate that will only get worse if we allow it. Obamacare has transitioned personal health care plans into federal health care orders.
American's health care system was respected and admired the world over. Congressional lawmakers can address problems associated with America's health care system in due course without the need for uprooting and replacing it with a system that so many Americans see as objectionable and unfair.
This president's only focus seems to be on ramping up federal control, and mandating how people must live to meet his standards of right and wrong. Obamacare is another glaring example of an oversized and overreaching federal government determined to strip away personal freedoms and control out lives. Through Obamacare, he attempts to turn our personal health care plans into federal health care orders. In America, that should be seen as a threat to freedom.
Leroy Donald is a resident of Stephens City.