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Henrietta Post
  • MIKE STAUB: Act neither protects patients nor makes care more affordable

  • Our Constitution calls for us to “promote the general Welfare,” but not by wasting our treasure on flawed social programs that only grow the government.

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  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is neither. It dose not provide for Patient Protection and is not affordable. It puts the very people it purports to protect at risk. Read “Hospitals Fear Cuts in Aid for Care to Illegal Immigrants” by Nina Bernstein (The New York Times July 26, 2012).
    It forces religious organizations, through federal government regulation, to violate their beliefs on abortion, forced sterilization and birth control. Religious institutions that primarily serve individuals of their own faith have a one-year reprieve. What happens after a year? And what has happened to The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...?
    There are over 30 million people who currently buy their own private health insurance. They will need to get another plan if their insurance doesn't meet the minimum standards, and those standards have yet to be established. The law has 2,409 pages, and they are adding more regulations to it every week. Now we are forced to follow the continuous bureaucratic convolutions, just to find out how it will impact our daily lives.
    Affordable? Let's use some common sense. The Act was designed to reduce overall health care costs by making services available to the 32 million people who currently can't get insurance. Our health care system is great, but if we add 32 million people to it without increasing the medical staff and infrastructure to accommodate them, it is a recipe for disaster. It will lead to long waits to see a doctor and rationing of health care resources. We cant give free health insurance to millions of people and not expect the premiums to increase for the employers who provide coverage, and for those of us who pay for our own health care insurance.
    President Lyndon Baines Johnson gave us the "War on Poverty”. This social program has cost Americans $15.9 trillion, but the ranks of America' poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century. Other government programs, like Social Security and Medicare, are rapidly becoming insolvent. Our public schools are no longer the world leader in secondary education, and their costs continue to rise as graduation rates fall.
    These types of progressive policies are fundamentally flawed. They are based on the belief that an elite few know what is best for everyone else, but America was based on rugged individualism and personal responsibility. We take care of our families, friends and neighbors, and rely on them if we have times of trouble and not the federal government.
    If we want to understand this new law, we are told to read “Landmark, America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All." Oh at last, a totally unbiased fact-filled source of information from people in the medical profession and informed consumers, NOT! It’s just a group of Washington Post staff reporters and editors, pontificating on their perceived marvels of the health-care law.
    Page 2 of 2 - This law drastically increases our debt and if the country fails, everyone will face poverty and there will be no government health care or public education.
    Our Constitution calls for us to “promote the general Welfare,” but not by wasting our treasure on flawed social programs that only grow the government. We are not the government’s children and we do not need another government bailout. What we desperately need is a growing economy with good jobs, so we can plan our own future and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
    Mike Staub is a South Bristol resident.
     
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