The new “Affordable Care Act,” also known as ACA or “Obamacare” is being criticized as being a tax on the middle class. The “tax” portion is a financial penalty that will be assessed to anyone who refuses to accept health insurance. My first thought is anyone who doesn’t have health insurance (and who doesn’t want it) doesn’t sound like someone who is middle class; in my opinion that sounds like someone who is lower class. Secondly, people who do not have health insurance and end up in hospitals end up penalizing everyone else, because we end up absorbing their costs in our own premiums and expenses. It makes sense to penalize the actual person for their lack of healthcare than everyone else.
Opposers of the Healthcare Reform law have selected Mitt Romney as the primary Republican candidate to run against Obama in November and repeal the law. The irony in this is Romney signed a very similar healthcare plan into law while Governor of Massachusetts in 2006. Romney’s own law was a key influence in the creation of Obama’s. Now, someone who was once a proponent of this type of healthcare reform is expected to run against it to strike Obama’s down. Sounds like the true nature of politics to me!
There are obviously concerns about whether or not Obamacare will increase healthcare costs and the impact it will have on medical professionals. However, Romneycare has been working in Massachusetts for 6 years and has had positive impacts and results. Since the two laws are so similar, could we not anticipate similar results in the rest of the country? Check out facts and results of Romneycare’s impact in Massachusetts here.