Chuck Fleischmann v. ObamaCare

Chuck Fleischmann v. ObamaCare

April 4th, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann

U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann

Photo by Ashlee Culverhouse /Times Free Press.

All of us want everyone to have whatever medical care we need. The problem, of course, is paying for it.

The best solution would be for us all to have personal medical care insurance, reasonably financed jointly by us as employees and employers.

But when our medical needs and demands are not met that way, there are efforts to require "somebody else" -- the government -- to pay for them, as though we, the taxpayers, were not the ones who have to pay the huge cost.

Most of us prefer to have personal, private medical insurance where we work. But as a result of trying to dodge personal and employer responsibility, we have tax-financed "ObamaCare," which naturally is very costly to taxpayers and yet is not satisfying.

Our local Congressman Chuck Fleischmann has a realistic view of ObamaCare. He said recently: "I believe that ObamaCare is more than just terrible public policy. It is unconstitutional. If ObamaCare is upheld, it would fundamentally change the relationship between the citizen and the state in a way that is contrary to the vision of our Founding Fathers."

In addition, it will be very expensive to us as taxpayers.

Rep. Fleischmann, in a news release after U.S. Supreme Court arguments over the president's health care plan, said: "Indeed, if the government can force an individual to purchase health insurance, then there are literally no limits on the power of the federal government. As a member of Congress, I will not rest until ObamaCare is repealed in its entirety."

Unfortunately, that is not likely. So, as a result, the American people will be imposed upon with high taxes, and we probably also will not be satisfied with our health care. The prospects are not encouraging.

The ideal way to handle needed medical care, of course, is through personal, individual medical insurance, jointly provided by us and our employers, with government filling the gap for indigents. But because medical care is both important and expensive, many of us have a tendency to try to pass our medical responsibilities off on "the government," without facing the inevitable costs that we as taxpayers must bear.