The guest editorial, “Fight Over Obamacare,” by the Baltimore Sun was extremely one sided and misleading. You’d think from reading it that Obamacare is actually working. This is the lie that Liberals repeat endlessly to progress to the next level of socialized medicine. Ask anyone who has Obamacare and they’ll tell you they’re dissatisfied with it. Obamacare covers only 6% of Americans at a cost of $700 billion per year. Shockingly, the “Medicare for All” crowd would have 67% of Americans give up their private insurance and saddle taxpayers with a cost of 32 Trillion (not billion) dollars per year. And what they don’t tell you is only 8% of Americans are currently uninsured, for a variety of reasons, not just cost.
The editorial also argues that the healthcare system has been transformed by Obamacare and millions have been spent to adapt, but it will be just as easy to go back to a free market as it was to be forced into buying something you may not want. Remember, Obamacare was so good that Congress had to pass it in the dead of night along a strict party line vote (not a single Republican voted for it) by many who hadn’t even read it.
The government has no business telling its citizens what to buy. Today it’s Obamacare, tomorrow it will be solar energy provided by political cronies (Remember Solydra?). Health care can be affordable if the government would stop dislocating the free market. Let insurers sell across state lines, let us buy drugs from the cheapest source, increase transparency on the cost of medical services, publish doctor success rates, etc. Much of the inflated cost of health care today is due to government interference.
In closing, I do not think health care is a right, despite what the 20 democratic candidates tell you. (Hint, it’s not in the Constitution.) But I do think health insurance can be more affordable with increased competition, transparency and less government interference. One sided misleading editorials such as this one don’t solve the problem or even further the discussion, but they do do a good job of fanning divisiveness and class warfare. Perhaps if journalists took their responsibilities more seriously instead of advocating a political viewpoint we could actually come together to have affordable health care.