As someone who was vehemently opposed to the Health Care Bill just passed by the House, it’s a time to reflect on the way forward.
It’s hard to swallow that our Congress passed legislation that a majority of America was against. Its hard to swallow that my taxes will go up substantially in the coming years and I will have to work that much harder and longer to send my children to college. And it’s hard to swallow that we are the only industrialized nation without healthcare for all its citizens. All these things are hard to reconcile.
But what I really strive to understand is what I believe to be true vs. how much of the rhetorical cool-aid I drank?
What I believe.
I believe that the “doctors fix” will be passed, and should have been included in this bill. Therefore, the cost of this bill will be at least $200B more than we were told.
I believe the IRS when they say that they will hire 16,000 new agents and staffers to administer their new role in policing healthcare. These costs are not factored into this bill.
I believe that congress in the future will not have the courage or the discipline to say “no” to special interests, and implement the cuts that this bill, and all entitlement programs require.
I believe that you cannot call a social program a success, regardless of the good it does, if it is unfunded, if as a program it is bankrupt, and if politicians are so afraid of cutting it, that they would rather watch our country drown in debt.
I believe that there is no courage in Washington, or the ability to honestly communicate to the American people what the real State of the Union is. Passing a bill that you have not even read because you’ve been trying to pass it for 50 years is not courage, its cowardly. Opposing it without providing alternatives other than talking points is just as cowardly.
I believe that until we have term limits on congress, and dramatic change in campaign financing, we will keep getting the same results out of government. No real solutions, and more debt.
I believe fundamentally, that this administration and the democratic controlled congress has the goal of transforming our country into a social democracy, modeled on France, Germany, and the UK.
I believe that this is contrary to the fundamental principles and strengths of this country.
I believe there is a better way. Wealth re-distribution is NOT the way to achieve our common goals.
I believe that we need to seize the opportunity to transform this bill, and this debate over the coming years. We need to propose ideas on their merits, which show how healthcare, social security, and a society of entitlement, can be transformed through market oriented innovation, and a culture of personal responsibility.
I believe that this can be the beginning of a process that gets it right, if we engage in meaningful constructive debate.
What do you believe? It’s time to decide.
Guest Blogger – Jeff Hine