One thing is certain, elected officials aren’t holding back their thoughts of the health care reform law which was recently enacted. The Republican Party, desperate to fulfill their campaign pledges, have already repealed this law in the House. On the flip side, Democrats are attempting to safeguard this law because it is touted as their greatest achievement during the leadership of the Obama presidency. With taxpayers which are equally divided on this matter, the health care reform law will be in the news for a long time.
What is lacking in the news are the real solutions to the medical care troubles the USA is struggling with. The cost of medical care, that is the chief worry of many individuals, has not been addressed by any political party. For a long time the cost of medical services has greatly exceeded the overall inflation rate and the wage increases that most employees receive annually. Until the cost of medical care is contained, even more businesses will be motivated to shed the medical insurance coverage they provide to their workers.
While the health care reform law does have its advantages, many individuals believe this law is only transferring the financial burden of paying for health insurance coverage from businesses to citizens. And people who feel this is going to happen most certainly have genuine concerns. Already some companies have shed their retirement plans and some companies have already determined that it is going to be cheaper for them to stop offering health insurance coverage to their employees once the health care reform law is fully enacted.
Almost all individuals do not want government tinkering with their health care. And who can blame these people? It is common knowledge that most things the government gets involved in ultimately costs considerably more then envisioned and less advantageous then that which was proposed to voters. Regardless, no political party is devoted to getting people back to work. All that spending cuts and bailouts are going to accomplish is postpone the consistent decline in the American standard of living.
People in politics routinely talk about being competitive in the international economy. However, our country can’t even compete in our own towns. We are competing with the Chinese, a nation in which many Chinese workers earn below $0.70 per hour. Being a tenth of our minimum wage, this isn’t being competitive but an all out attack on the American workers. And until political leaders attempt to tackle these trade issues, our quality of life will continue to decline until our wages are more competitive with those we trade with. This should be a terrifying idea to most people, but taxpayers are primarily preoccupied with the national health care debate.
Earlier generations of American citizens fought for our liberties and independence. Yet we are now at a crossroad, in which our political leaders have entered into extremely damaging trade agreements with the Chinese. As taxpayers we must ask ourselves what exactly has compelled politicians to sell out the American workforce to a Communist country such as China. And once some politicians with a backbone arise, maybe then our trade policies will be changed to better exhibit our desire to consume and make a living. Finding this balance is crucial so that American citizens have the means purchase their own medical insurance policies and to keep government out of our personal lives.