Thursday, April 22, 2010

Obama Care

You all know that I have nothing against President Obama as a person, but I have plenty against him as a president. For the longest time, the health care bill was just a little bug flying around my ear - irritating, but not hurting me in any way. But, now it's gone too far. They've passed it - and we don't have much time to stop it.

In a nutshell, this healthcare plan says that you will receive top-notch healthcare between the ages of 15 and 59.5, if you are healthy and functioning. But, you're health care will decrease as your "value to society" decreases. They're not going to pay to "fix" people that are "unfixable."

Do you all know what that means? That means the elderly, who need the services of healthcare more than most, will have to wait for the young, healthy people to get their surgeries first before they get any treatment. And do you know who they'll come for first? Levi. Evan. People like them. In the government's eyes, special needs people are not "contributing to society," they're not worth the money for their healthcare. Apart from being astoundingly morally wrong, I believe this should be repealed on grounds of unconstitutionality.

Section I of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states the following:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Do you see that? It's written in the constitution. This states that anyone born in the U.S. is a U.S. citizen, and has the equal rights of a U.S. citizen. The government is not allowed to make or enforce any laws that decrease the privileges of any U.S. citizen, no matter their condition or their age. And, technically, the U.S. would be depriving a person of life if they refused to let a child with a heart defect receive life-saving surgery. They are not supposed to be allowed to deny "any person" (special needs, old, young, etc.) the equal protection of the laws (including health care).

Although they've already passed the bill, we still have a chance to stop it before it begins. The processes will not start for another four years. Therefore, we need to elect people who are against it into Congress. All branches of the government are supposed to be equal, but the real power can lie with Congress, if we are careful who we elect.

I believe that President Obama's health care is not equal health care, or health care for everyone. It's healthcare for the healthy. Selective healthcare that is given to those who don't need it and denied of people who do. And, Lord knows, we need to stop it in its tracks or we may never be able to go back to how it was.

No comments:

Post a Comment