Hey, I’m back!
Sorry I’ve been away. A lot of changes have been happening in my life.
And in the time that I’ve been away, I’m not the only person who’s changed. I’m talking about you health care industry.
Anyway, a lot of people have been making a fuss about the new health care reform bill that was passed. Some of the arguments have been:
- We can’t afford it
- It hurts businesses
- It’s morally wrong
I’ll address some of the points, but I urge everyone to go to factcheck.org t learn more about the bill.
Could we afford such a drastic change in an industry (health care service) that makes up more than 30 percent of our economy? To quote Mr. Obama: “Yes we can!” True, health care reform will be expensive, but with increased taxes, budget cuts, and fees on health care industries we will be able to cover the 940 billion dollar price tag.
If you do not make over 200,000 and do not tan regularly (bill includes a tanning bed tax) then most blue collar people won’t expect any new taxes.
Will it hurt business? Yes and no. Businesses with 50 employees or less will not be required to provide insurance to their workers, but business with over 50 employees…well that’s a different story. If you are a CEO of a reasonably large business and you do not offer health insurance to your workers, you will be fined $2,000 for every full time worker you employ.
Is it socialism? No. Is it even universal health care? No. The bill aims to restructure the health care industry so all Americans can receive medical care and products at decreased prices. The government offers aid to businesses and citizens who need help purchasing insurance, but it, the government, does not purchase health care for every citizen.
Is it morally wrong for the government to mandate consumers to buy a product? This is what a Buddhist would call a question wrongly asked. Like libraries, firemen, policemen, education and other public services, the health care reform bill requires businesses and citizens to increase the quality of life for each other. It’s not a matter of money or big government, it’s about people.