Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty

On the Eve of History by grassroothawaii

By Hideo Hikida

Hey folks, I know that when I usually write, I like to mix equal parts humor and opinion into it but I just can’t bring myself to joke around on what I’m about to talk to you all about.

On the eve of perhaps one of the most important House votes in history, the nation will watch closely as the US House of Representatives convene and vote on the much talked about Obama Health Care plan. If enacted, this bill promises to change the entire face of the Health Care industry, extending coverage to an estimated 32 million Americans, while restructuring a whopping 1/6th of the entire national budget.

Needless to say, this bill will make changes in the system that will affect just about every single American living in the country. The Health Care industry will surely take a hit as will the individual freedom to choose what kind of health care we want. What seems like something that can help may indeed be disguised as another step for the government to interject more control into people’s lives. Middle-income families-be prepared to be taxed. High premiums? They approach. Medicare cuts, they’re just hiding around the corner as well.

In his last speech before the vote in the House, President Obama stated “Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid,” he said. “Do it for all those people out there who are struggling.”

In case you didn’t notice Mr. President, the economy isn’t doing so great. We are ALL struggling. Passing a monumentally expensive health care bill is just going to make it worse. I ask you, what’s the point of universal health care when some people can’t even afford to put food on the table? Sure, I can go see a doctor for this cold, but it still doesn’t allow me to put food on the table.

In theory, this might have been a good idea. What makes it so bad right now is the fact that this isn’t the right time. It’s terrible timing. We can’t just go to step 4 without taking care of step 1. I know that the President is a huge advocate for change and that he has to deliver results within his 4 year term. But let’s not jump to pass anything in haste just for the sake of it. Everything feels rushed; changing for the sake of change isn’t the answer. Baby steps Barack. Baby steps. Take care of the economy first.


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