On Oct. 1 we saw the rollout by the federal government of one of the largest income redistribution and social re-engineering projects in history. By all accounts it has been a disaster. Government does some things well. Providing socialized health care is not one of them. We are seeing the beginning of the destruction of our health care system.
Obamacare was passed without a single bipartisan vote, making it one of the few major social engineering programs in American history to have this distinction. This was an early warning sign that the program was in trouble. By most polls today the majority of Americans want the federal government to stay out of the health care business. I could not agree more.
When we send our elected officials to Washington to represent us, we should at least expect that they stand up for ALL New Hampshire residents, be truthful, and, as in the medical profession, do no harm. Those New Hampshire representatives who cast some of the deciding votes that allowed Obamacare to become law violated this trust. They chose ideology over doing what is best for New Hampshire citizens, and frankly they were deceptive in pushing this bill through. I doubt any of them even read the bill.
We were told time and again that if you like your health care plan you can keep it. False. We were told if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. False. We were told that health care costs would be reduced by $2,500 per family. False. We were told that the number of uninsured would be reduced. False. In fact, to date more than 5 million Americans have lost their coverage. In New Hampshire, 22,000 policies have been cancelled. These numbers are expected to grow.
In New Hampshire we ended up with a single network provider who immediately excluded 10 of 26 acute care hospitals in the Granite State. How is that for caring for our citizens?
Government central planning does not work. Americans are now saddled with another massive middle class tax bill, which will have long-term consequences to our economy and reduce disposable income even more as we struggle to pay for “free health care.” When our representatives cast a vote in our name, the least we should expect is that those votes be informed votes. At the end of the day, votes “have consequences.” When you start tinkering with something as personal as health care, you had better know what you’re talking about. At election time, remember who gave this disaster to us.
John Deyermond lives in Pelham.