I don’t think many people will argue that the health care system is this country is “screwed-up” at best, but the Obamacare health plan is less than likely to improve anything. Not only is it unlikely to improve the health care system itself, it also places a large infringement on the freedom of the people. Nowhere in the constitution is the government given any power that can force people into buying insurance for their own health. As such, I was very relieved to hear that Judge Hudson ruled that requiring people to purchase health insurance “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.”
With the Obamacare health plan, people would be forced to purchase some form of health insurance, those who did not would be penalized with fines. Perhaps if someone at the White House had taken a few minutes to examine that law, they might see why it contradicts itself. The most common reason people don’t have health insurance to begin with is that they simply can’t afford it, so how is slapping them with a fine going to help matters? It isn’t; it is only going to make the situation worse. It is, in essence, punishing people for being poor.
Currently, one of my own family members lost his job during the economic downturn, and has been unable to find a new one, so his health insurance has run out as well. Due to an already existing medical condition, few insurance providers will take him on, certainly not any that are affordable. He cannot afford to pay for health insurance himself, he cannot even afford to pay his mortgage, and is scarcely affording food with the help of family. For him it truly does come down to case between food and health insurance. Obviously he chooses food. Food is more affordable than health insurance, and it is something he needs right now in order to live. If he were hit with an Obamacare fine for not having health insurance, he would still have no health insurance, and after paying a fine, probably would not have enough money for food either. The very idea is ridiculous.
Another example are those who choose alternative forms of health care, such as herbalists and naturopath doctors that are not covered by health insurance. Many times, people who follow these routes have to pay for medical costs out of their own pockets anyway, how can they be forced to pay for health insurance as well? Health insurance will not cover any of their alternative medicine care, so they would in essence have to pay for two sets of health care; their own alternative health care and the Obamacare mandatory insurance. The Obamacare plan would not give people the choice to opt out of the universal health care and choose their own alternative medicine doctors if desired, and in my eyes, that is borderline communism.
To quote Judge Hudson again “At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance—or crafting a scheme of universal health coverage—it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate.”
Thank you Judge Hudson for preserving our rights!