Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 4, 2013

Obamacare is a wake-up call for U.S.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” JFK, Jan. 20, 1961.

In a nutshell, that is what’s wrong with Obamacare. It flies in the face of what it used to mean to be an American. We used to pride ourselves in our self-reliance and ability to take care of business without government handouts. Now we are judged harshly when the ideas of personal responsibility and accountability are brought into any conversation concerning welfare.

In America today we have food stamp recruiters who have quotas to sign up 150 dependents a week.  Our current health-care philosophy includes if you are 26 and want health care, you are a child and if you are 14 and want a “morning after pill” you are an adult. And don’t forget the right to have a cell phone as guaranteed in our Constitution — it’s in there somewhere I’m sure. Soon, what kind of light bulb you can use will turn into final approving authority for life-saving medical operations.

The way I see it, it’s not solely a conflict of ideas between Republicans and Democrats, left versus right or conservative against liberal. I believe it’s more like those who wants more government and those who want less. This battle goes on across all political lines with few exceptions.

Right now, the more government people are in control. And look where they are. Around 45 times, the Democrats were given the opportunity to stop or hit the pause button on the Obamacare train wreck and not one did. On those same 45 or so votes, not one Republican voted in defense of the law. So there are distinct differences between the two. And now, only the Democrats own Obamacare. Something to consider this upcoming election year, especially when sticker shock and incompetence are realized. The employer mandate was purposely delayed until after the next election so you will have to use your imagination. Don’t look for the mainstream news to cover this — you are going to have to care enough to look for it yourself.

Keep this in mind also — every prominent Democrat in office right now has proudly proclaimed that Obamacare is just a stepping stone. As soon as possible it will be morphed into a single-payer health care system. Some call that socialism, communism or just progressive (socialism lite). I call it a wake-up call and it’s time to pay attention. You will believe what you want but I don’t think you can find Obamacare anywhere in the JFK quote at the beginning of this letter. Wasn’t he a Democrat?

Paul Dorsey

Green Valley