I came across the following article online while casually surfing the web and felt that it warranted a blog post based on last week’s discussion. I understand that the complexities surrounding federal regulations/laws and the effects it has on small business/entrepreneurs go beyond this simple article, but it highlights a sad reality that we live in today. When legislation like the Affordable Care Act gets passed, the first thing we hear when we turn on the news is the political backlash that is inevitably coming from the other side. In case of Obamacare, we hear ranting and raving from conservatives about the “detrimental costs” that come with universal health care. or how the legislation is not fair because it allows for “freeloaders” while others pick up the tab.
The saddest part of it all is that the IDEA of providing healthcare to everyone is actually an idea that a majority of Americans support, but we let the politics of who will pay blind us from these ideas. It is undeniable that our country is facing very serious financial problems, but instead of working together to find solutions to the problem, we spend more time arguing about which party has the better plan.
While is it difficult to predict which plan is best, (and politicians will continue to argue that their plan is in fact the best) one thing is for certain, change has been and still is needed. That being said, it is still interesting to see how some of Obamacare’s biggest critics have pulled back on their criticism once the numbers were finally run. Hopefully changes like this will prevent future knee jerk overreactions and remind people that despite our political affiliation, we should always hope for the successful implementation of ideas like universal healthcare, despite which party was able to pass it.