Dear Mr. President – I’m Still Waiting

health benefitsI’m a huge advocate of all things Affordable Care Act. I think President Obama did what most only talk about. He took action to try to solve one of the problems our country faces. We have tons of problems and most can be solved one at a time – or at least by giving primary focus to one at a time.

It disturbs me when people say that those taking advantage of the health exchange sites are freeloaders. I’m sorry? I work what probably totals to the equivalent of two full-time jobs. I’m 100% self employed. I pay taxes. As a matter of fact, I automatically pay more taxes because I get to pay a self-employment tax. I deserve to see part of my tax money go towards my own healthcare.

Regardless, all good things come with hiccups and growing pains. While I’m not 100% sure why the healthcare.gov site was allowed to launch the way it did, or why so many major issues were covered up, that sort of behavior seems par for the course.

What I do know is this, though. Our President does not run a one-man band. He didn’t single-handedly pass our new healthcare laws. He didn’t build the website. As a matter of fact (again), he has very little power unless Congress decides to work with him. Keep that in mind when you vote. The President is not really the one in charge, in most cases.

I do wish whoever was building the website had been a little more realistic – or educated. Perhaps our government should have created it’s own health it jobs and built the site from scratch rather than partnering with an outside vendor. I guess those people are considered government contractors now, but it seems like it would have made a heck of a lot more sense to have a full-time staff, on the government payroll, to do the job right the first time. It would have made it a lot easier to hold people accountable.

There seems to be a lot of controversy. I’m not saying the legislation is without fault. I am saying that the American people should be a bit more willing to sit back, breathe, and allow the government to do what needs to be done to ensure everyone has what they need. None of us are entitled to anything, but I’m pretty sure we all deserve a good quality of life.

 

Comments

  1. I support the Affordable Care Act too. Living in Europe, Im used to free medical care. I think to really solve the med problem in the US, you need to get tid of the insurance companies that take big profits from the system

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