Thursday, November 12, 2009

Health Care Reform

The health care debate has captured the thoughts of Americans for the past few months.  President Obama’s call for health care reform in the United States by creating and mandating universal health care intrigued many citizens but at the same time, outraged many others.  This plan is outrageous.  The government is not responsible for providing health care for citizens.  When sworn in, President Obama vowed to follow the presidential duties expected of him.  These duties include following the constitution and ruling the country according to the provisions established by the founding fathers.  Nowhere in the constitution is it stated that the government should provide health care to its citizens.  The people are responsible for providing this care for themselves and determining the type of care they receive. 

In addition to the unconstitutionality of the issue at hand, providing free health care would raise the prices of all other goods, services, and amenities available to us.  The taxes and prices of everything we purchase today from gas to food will increase substantially leaving much less money in our pockets to spend on ourselves.  In addition to this increase, more money will be taken out of our income and be given to the government.  I truly believe that most of the people of the United States who support Obama’s call for universal reform are not informed of the consequences that will follow health care reform.  If they did, I am sure they would not support the reform. 

Under no circumstance should the United State change their health care system to universal care.  I believe change should occur, but it should not change so much that health care is free for all individuals.  The founding fathers did not provide for universal health care in the constitution, so therefore it is unconstitutional for us to have it.  It is not the government’s responsibility to provide free health care for its citizens; it is up to the people to seek their own health care. The United States was developed as a democratic republic and a capitalistic nation, not a socialistic one.  The citizens must learn to take responsibility for their own lives and not rely on the government to take care of them.  If someone wants great health care, they have that opportunity if they work hard to get an education, in their job, and to maintain their lifestyle.  There is a direct correlation between hard work and a successful job and the ability to have satisfying benefits such as a nice house and good health care for themselves and their families. 

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