Direct violation of constitutional rights
For decades, insurance companies have had procedures, known as electives, which they would not cover or pay for. They did not say the individual could not have the procedure done, nor did they deny them the right to have it done, they simply refused to pay for it.
Enter Obamacare, AKA Affordable Care Act, which mandates that insurance companies must cover these electives and employers, regardless of their religious convictions, must pay for the coverage.
This is in direct violation of an individual's constitutional rights of religious liberty. That is, the right and freedom to remain true to their individual religious convictions. The liberals will claim that, in so doing, they are forcing their beliefs on other people. That statement is simply not true. Everybody has the right and freedom to believe as they wish and to live according to those beliefs and convictions. And nobody, especially government, should be able to force somebody to do something that's against their religious beliefs and convictions.
The last time I checked, it is still government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is not government of the people, by the government and for the government. But it's not because Obama isn't trying to make it that way.
Congress: Leave us alone
The Scripps Howard News Service Dec. 5 editorial page commentary stated only (my emphasis) 52 new laws were passed since January when the previous Congress passed 284. What is wrong with that? I would be happy with half that many passed and with those I would prefer laws that unacted previous laws that stifle citizen opportunity. Congress: leave us alone in the workplace, our homes and communities ... don't over reAct.
Stunning lack of compassion
I just read that Congress has agreed on a budget agreement that does not provide funding for Extended Unemployment benefits (EUC) for 2014. According to recent data, roughly 1.6 million long-term unemployed individuals will have their unemployment benefits cancelled as of Dec. 28. In addition, another 4 million unemployed will not be able to collect extended benefits when they become eligible throughout 2014.
There is a face and a story behind each of those 5.6 million people.
Here's mine: I was laid off the day before my 60th birthday in January of this year. In the last 11 months, I have submitted nearly 500 r?um?/job applications for positions all over the country. I am a U.S. Army veteran, and hoped that my veteran's status would help in my job search. The result? I am still unemployed.
I suspect that my story is not an unusual one for those in the over-50 age group. When my unemployment benefits end just after Christmas, my wife and I will be facing the very real possibility that we will lose our home shortly after the start of the new year.
The stunning lack of compassion and inaction of Congress and the president on behalf of the unemployed leaves me disillusioned and disheartened, and facing increasingly bleak prospects.
I want to work, and we remain hopeful that our situation may be resolved in the coming weeks, but are we optimistic? No. Bitter? No - things happen, and there are many, many people in our country who are worse off than we.
I do have a request for our congressional representatives. As they gather around their Christmas trees with their presents; as they join hands around the Christmas dinner table, I would ask them to remember those in this country who will be unable to buy presents for their loved ones this year; to remember those who will have trees with no presents under them, and to remember those who don't care as much about political expedience as they care about simple survival. We remain thankful to God for the things that we still have this year, and are confident that He will continue to care for us no matter what our situation may be in the coming year. Our prayer is for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Vicious cycle is the problem
It is not the government's role to provide all people with health care. It is the government's role to provide the ability for all people to receive the best health care possible.
This is a big difference from what Obama-care is trying to do.
Obamacare doesn't regulate the health care industry so much as it is attempting to manipulate the health insurance industry for political purposes. Health care costs are skyrocketing because of the overhead of huge salaries and bonuses for health care industry executives.
Doctors, their staffs, and medical technicians want their share and compensation for the high cost of their educations. The insurance industry must pay for these overheads plus their own overheads generated for the same reasons plus the actual cost of the care. The risks and the freebies promised have to be paid for by somebody - the insurers aren't going to pay for it.
Premiums and taxes will continue to rise - the consumer and the taxpayers are the losers. And, the vicious cycle will continue until no one is left to pay. This vicious cycle is the problem that needs to be fixed and Obamacare is not the answer.
Thomas H. Fickas