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    3/24/2010 9:29:52 AM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    ObamaSunday’s passage of President Obama’s bill to socialize America's health care system was in words of one prominent conservative columnist, “yet another blow to freedom in America inflicted by the Obama administration.” It is a logistical nightmare that adds to our already unsustainable national debt. With its individual mandates it seeks to undermine our tradition of individualism and distorts the meaning of “natural rights.” ObamaCare is clearly the largest expansion of entitlements since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid more than four decades ago.  It is a sorry step towards a European-style vision of universal health care, which will only lead to soaring costs, higher taxes, and a surge in red tape for small businesses.

    With the majority of American opposing this legislation, President Obama’s government takeover of the health care system is wrong for America. Moreover, It is not real reform, as it does not address why health care is so expensive. In a recent conversation I had with Dr. Jason Fodeman, a former health policy fellow at The Heritage Foundation, he described the above as, throwing a trillion dollars at the health care system “without fundamentally reforming the reason for rising health care costs is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline.” He also explained to me that further expanding the role of government in the health care sector will only serve to accelerate current trends. It will drown an industry already regulated to death with a slew of new mandates, regulations, red tape, and taxes that simultaneously will hinder patients from receiving desired care.

    Current students and other young people need to realize that this legislation is bad news for them. It is ushering in new record levels of debt which when added to the deficit will during our lifetimes reach critical mass causing our taxes to soar, high inflation, or both.  The bill will also impose price controls on health insurance that will limit insurers' ability to offer lower premiums to low-risk enrollees. These provisions will drive premiums down for 55-year-olds but will drive them up for 25-year-olds—who are then implicitly subsidizing older adults. According to the Urban Institute, many young people could see their premiums double, whereas
    premiums for older adults could be cut in half. The unfortunate irony is that Barack Obama won the presidency with 66 percent of the vote among adults aged 18 to 29. That's a larger share than any presidential candidate has won in decades. Yet his health care
    overhaul could impose its greatest burdens on young adults.

    Sam K. Theodosopoulous is the Editor-at-Large of the George Washington Unvierstiy chapter of Young America's Foundation Blog


    • Readers' Comments

    • Keep in mind the upcoming attempt to repeal the healthcare law. It's often a war of words, and the liberal/progressives are good at using words (e.g. 'party of no'). Let's not lose the battle by using the word 'repeal', but rather use 'replace', a softer, gentler word. 'Replace Obamacare with Bettercare' Norman DeLaHunt
      Posted by Norman DeLaHunt on 03/24/2010
    • Health care plan is what every one need. This could help us to stay healthy. A lot of people are freaking right out concerning the new health care bill, but take a deep breath slowly and act like a rational adult for a minute. First off, the health care reform bill doesn't insure everyone - in fact, most of it are tax cuts for employers and people to purchase health insurance. (What? Obama care involves TAX CUTS? That could make Republicans look like chronically irrational, hand wringing worry warts.) Given, it is going to increase subsidies to insurers - not they were running for <a title="Payroll Loans" href="">payroll loans</a> at this time in any case.
      Posted by Brandon on 03/26/2010
    • Please do not be deceived by the idea that the Obama health care plan is about health care. This has nothing to do with healthcare. It's about government taking over more of the private sector of the economy and intruding on your privacy. Also a huge negative impact on jobs due to new tax increases. This is a march to Socialism or ever worse, communism. America was not built on hand outs. It was built on individual freedom and individual efforts and hard work. Read the history of how America was built and stop listening to college professors and left wing radicals that hate this country.
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