Have we not learned our lessons in the past?

by Ryan Barr on November 8, 2009

in Politics

Today I sent the following “Letter to the editor” to a few local papers, and a few national ones.  I don’t expect it to be published, but we have to do what we can.

Last night, Saturday November 7th, the house of Representatives passed H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

This has been billed as a “historic accomplishment” that is being compared to Social Security and Medicare. That sounds about right, so let’s take a moment to look at those two programs. At last count, the unfunded Social Security liability is just under 14 Trillion dollars, adding in Medicare and the Prescription Drug benefit our total unfunded liabilities is estimated at just above 106 Trillion dollars.

Just to put those in perspective, that 14 106 Trillion Dollars is just above $344,000 per citizen of the United States of America. That’s right, a family of only three is on the hook for more than ONE MILLION dollars of unfunded liabilities just to keep Social Security and Medicare afloat.

I believe it was Albert Einstein who said “the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different results.” Well, here we go again. We are on the verge of creating another gigantic government program that could very well be the straw that broke the camels back.

Granted, our health care system isn’t perfect, it could use a good does of tort reform and some other “non politically popular” reforms; however, a “Public Insurance Option” isn’t the answer.

Democrat, Republican, Independent, but more importantly American, we MUST stop this power grab from our elected leadership. In the words Ronald Reagan, one of our greatest Presidents, “Government is not the answer to our problems, government is the problem.”

Edit: 14 stuck out to correctly be 106 in the 3rd paragraph.

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