Dear Mr. President,
Please add me and www.deliberateengagement.wordpress.com to your list of those who oppose your healthcare initiatives.
We oppose them as bad policy because they are bad medicine and bad economics. You have not even begun to justify – let alone can we afford – the spending you propose. Some have said that our system needs fixed. Well no kidding. However to “fix” it like the British socialized model will be to throw the baby out with the bath water. We still have the best medicine in practice and available in the world. To clamp down on the system like you’ve proposed is foolish at best and vindictive politics at worst.
More importantly I fundamentally oppose government funding – and worse mandating – anything that should be managed and decided by families themselves. I especially oppose your effort to have the federal government make decisions about what “end-of-life” care is warranted and to pay for abortions.
You of course don’t even begin to understand this viewpoint and trust government to do what’s right for “the people.” However you and the Congress specifically categorize yourself separately and give pensions and healthcare options that are far superior to what is available to “the people.” Then you consider yourself a better decision maker than I am for my life. If you don’t think I’m speaking the truth then answer me this: What is so bad about Washington DC public schools that your children couldn’t go to them? Your answer will of course reveal much about the sad state of those schools. It also will reveal your thinking about power and freedom and informed conscience and “the people.”
Also sir I would point to another item on your blog page. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Facts-Are-Stubborn-Things/ Ms. Douglass reports “For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them.” Is that the same as “no new taxes for anyone making less than $250,000” or is it some new kind of promise?
I invite a reasoned reply to this. I ask you first to acknowledge your viewpoint and that of Barney Frank and Linda Douglass et al in the Drudge Report video are different than that of most Americans. You’ll find that the steps to fixing this don’t run through socialized medicine.