Of those 1,000 respondents,83% said they were: “Disappointed it was upheld; 15% said they were: “Pleased it was upheld”; and 2% had no opinion.
In many nationwide polls, the percentage of people who want the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) repealed is over 50%. Why, when there is such a high percentage against the Act, are there those who still support it?
Reverend Malkmus Enters the Fray
I remember when then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was trying to push this bill through Congress. She said: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” And that is where I believe the problem lies. I believe the reason there is still a percentage of people who support the AHCA is because they still do not know what is in it.
The 2,700-page bill was pushed through Congress late on Christmas Eve before anyone had the time to read it. Only now, after it has been passed and is about to be implemented, are we learning what is in the Act.
I have personally been proclaiming my opposition to any national health care plan since Hillary Clinton tried to get such a plan enacted during Bill Clinton’s presidency way back in 1993. At that time, I wrote Hillary Clinton a letter giving my reasons why the government should never have control over the health of the American people.
Then, when President Obama was trying to get The Affordable Health Care Act through Congress, I wrote President Obama a similar letter. You can download that letter here.
Why I Oppose Any Government-Run National Healthcare Plan
My body belongs to God! He purchased it with his own blood on the cross of Calvary:
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you which ye have of God and ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (Corinthians 6:19-20)
Friends, do you even remotely begin to realize the ramifications of AHCA?
If AHCA is fully enacted in 2014, government will take control of our bodies, requiring every American to secure health insurance whether they want it or not. It is a clear violation of the United States Constitution. In fact, when AHCA was brought before the Supreme Court, the court ruled it unconstitutional!
Now prior to it going before the Supreme Court, President Obama promised the American people that AHCA was not a tax. Yet that is exactly what the Supreme Court ruled it to be and thus, upheld it on that basis. The major group that will pay this new tax is the middle class; a group promised their taxes would not go up.
Our government has hired 1,600 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents to hunt down those who do not purchase health insurance. I have personally not carried health insurance for the past 37 years because I have been taking responsibility for my own health by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly!
Those opposed to me not purchasing health insurance say thatif a serious health issue was to arise, my expenses for treatment would be borne by the rest of society and that wouldn’t be fair. But I have personally paid all my health care costs these past 37 years with the money I have saved (over $150,000) by not carrying health insurance.
Even prior to the introduction of ACHA, health insurance only paid the costs of treating sick people. Meanwhile, every year over 500,000 Americans die as a result of medical mistakes and prescription drugs! If government wants to get involved in restoring health to the American people, they need to teach the American people how to prevent sickness! This can only be accomplished by teaching the dangers inherent in the Standard American Diet, the cause of almost every physical problem experienced by people in America today.
People need to be taught the importance of a plant-based diet, a way to eat that truly nourishes the body and builds the immune system so that sickness need not be a threat. They need to know that every drug has an adverse effect on the body and complicates the healing. And they need to know that vaccinations are poisons that create more problems.
If government is going to require people to buy health insurance, it should only be required of those who neglect their bodies, not those who take care of their bodies and, as a result, don’t get sick.
Consider the following information, derived from The National Center for Public Policy Research in an article titled “No Free Lunch: The True Cost of ObamaCare” by Matt Patterson.
Higher Premiums – Billions in new taxes and fees would be imposed on health insurers and companies to pay for AHCA costs. These taxes would be passed on to the consumer in the form of higher premiums.
Higher Taxes – Government cannot provide free or subsidized care for someone without taking money from someone else – and that someone else may be you. The Wall Street Journal puts it bluntly: AHCA will be paid for with “huge tax increases.”
How huge? According to Jeffrey H. Anderson, PhD, Senior Fellow of Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, one AHCA proposal would “raise taxes by $2.3 trillion” over the next two decades.
Lower Wages/Fewer Jobs – New taxes and fees imposed on businesses by AHCA would “discourage companies from hiring or continuing to employ low-income and moderate-income workers,” according to the Heritage Foundation. And it won’t just be low-income workers who see a smaller paycheck. According to FORTUNE magazine’s Shawn Tully, AHCA would lead to “a steep, shocking decrease” in the incomes of middle-class workers.
Standard of Living – The massive government spending required to finance national health care would explode the federal deficit with ruinous consequences for every American’s standard of living. According to the Congressional Budget Office, “Large budget deficits would reduce national saving, leading to more borrowing from abroad and less domestic investment, which in turn would depress income growth in the United States. Over time, the accumulation of debt would seriously harm the economy.”
Medicare Benefits – AHCA would pay for itself, in part, with hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage. But the Congressional Budget Office warns that cuts to Medicare Advantage “could lead many plans to limit the benefits they offer, raise their premiums, or withdraw from the program,” devastating seniors’ healthcare options.
The Wall Street Journal confirms, “cuts in Medicare’s price controls will cause many doctors to quit the program.”
Privacy – According to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, AHCA would mean “an expanded and more intrusive IRS,” which would be empowered to target and punish violators of the new law. Additionally, an AHCA tax on employers would necessitate your boss knowing your family’s entire income from all sources, information which would then be shared with the insurance company.
Your Freedom – Think you have the right to decide whether you even want insurance? Guess again. AHCA would require, under threat of penalty, that every American purchase insurance, fundamentally altering the relationship between citizen and state. As the Congressional Budget office puts it, AHCA “would establish a requirement for [legal U.S. residents] to obtain insurance and would in many cases impose a financial penalty on people who did not do so.”
So much for ‘land of the free.’
AHCA won’t save us money, nationally or individually. Instead, it will increase insurance premiums, raise taxes, depress wages, siphon jobs, explode the deficit, reduce our living standard, rob us of privacy and erode our personal liberty.
Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, we trust you will join us for another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Acres Health Tip.