I am angry.
I don't typically let myself get too worked up with politics and the government because it’s not really something I follow regularly. I don’t like politics plain and simple because the people in office are always trying to assign blame to other parties, when in reality it’s not one side, but both that are wrong. They were appointed to be the voice of the people and yet, the people are the ones who always get hurt.
But this morning Obamacare went into effect. Starting today, October 1, 2013 every uninsured American is required to have healthcare insurance. Yes, you heard that right, required. The choice has been taken from us. If any person that is uninsured has not signed up for Obamacare by the closing date of March 31, 2014 they will be fined at the end of 2014 when filing their taxes.
Does anyone even hear how ludacris that statement is? Let’s put aside the fact that you're taking away people’s choice in the matter, which is just plain un-American, but Obamacare has just given the green light for several large companies and corporations to cut back on their part-time hours, which means they would no longer have to offer and or pay insurance to their part-time employees thus indirectly forcing them to get Obamacare.
I’ll say it again, I’m angry. Maybe this policy would have been better received, at least for me, if it was optional, encouraging people to take their time, look into things and see if it’s for them. But the second you tell me I no longer have a choice is the minute I take a step back and ask why?
Democrat, Republican, Undeclared, does it matter? Regardless of your political party Obamacare affects us all. Everyone without insurance will be forced to get it and the fines will go up as the years go on. I realize that this act, this new policy is meant to be a good thing. It’s supposed to help the American people and I'm sure there are a bunch of people who are behind it, because hey, it wouldn't have passed otherwise. But I think that forcing people to do something they don't want to do, no matter how small is wrong.
We live in America, one of the greatest countries in the world. A country that was built on freedom and while this might sound dramatic of me; it’s the little things that count. First it’s forcing healthcare, what’s next? What else won't we be given a choice about later? If people don't ask questions, if they don’t stand for something, they'll fall for anything, isn't that the old saying?
I will not be opting in on Obamacare. You can fine me up the wazoo, but I will not be forced into buying healthcare that I do not want. Healthcare that despite its “affordable” cost, still adds an extra $300-400 to my bill paying. I refuse to be told I have to do something. I am an American citizen and that’s my choice.