I have been listening and writing about President Obama’s push for “ I have been frustrated by the misinformation that is constantly provided by a frighteningly benign main stream media. Even conservative pundits slide and use terminology that gives strength to the plunge into Obamacare.
Everybody in America (that includes those who are here illegally) has HEALTH CARE, what they all do not have is HEALTH INSURANCE! 100% of Americans have HEALTH CARE; the best health care in the world. Ask the Canadians, Brits, and others who come here for treatments not available from their nationalized health care systems.
Hospitals have to provide HEALTHCARE to anyone regardless of ability to pay. If you do not have HEALTH INSURANCE, you are expected to pay your bill. It is that simple.
The Obamacare debate hit closer to home recently as we celebrated the high school graduation of our middle child. She has had a dream of becoming a pediatrician and is preparing for her first year of college. She knew from a very young age what she wanted to do with her life. This is an excerpt from one of her college essays:
“That seemingly simple moment in time made me realize what I wanted my life’s purpose to be…I want to make a difference in children’s lives through the study of medicine and health care. From that moment on I realized my life’s passion.”
My wife and I have played devil’s advocate with her to prepare her for the work and DEBT that she will incur to achieve her dream. Sometimes it seemed to her as if we did not want her to become a doctor; we do. There is no doubt about her passion, intelligence, work ethic, or drive. We know that she will become a doctor and probably be the best in her field.
We were talking over the weekend and my daughter said something that totally floored me. She said that if medicine becomes socialized, she probably would not pursue medicine as a career. I cannot remember ever hearing her have any doubts about becoming a doctor. She explained that she wants to be a doctor out of a strong desire to help children, however, she also wants to make a decent living.
Her thoughts express the foundation of our country, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” a desire to work hard and be rewarded for that work. It is sad that she has had to look at the future of medicine and ponder whether she should dedicate the next ten years of her life to pursue a dream that may elude her; a life of helping children and having some of her own (I think that she wants at least 4).
That is the true cost of Obamacare.