On Nov. 7, we moved another step closer to socialized medicine. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed the so-called Affordable Health Care for America Act (House Resolution 3962) by a narrow margin of 220-215.
Do not be fooled by the name of this bill. H.R. 3962 is not about affordable health-care reform. It is all about government power and control, and taking our country further down the path of socialism with a government takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. H.R. 3962 will kill jobs; raise taxes on families and small businesses; and slash Medicare.
The real issue at the core of this debate is the cost of health care. There are several things that could have been done to make health care more affordable: allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines; greater utilization of Health Savings Accounts; and tort reform. None of these issues are adequately addressed in this bill.
The quickest and most affordable way to provide choice and competition is to allow us to purchase insurance from any company across any state line. HSAs allow individuals to keep catastrophic insurance at a low cost and use the HSAs to save for long-term care needs. Tort reform would reduce the need for defensive medicine and the prohibitive cost of malpractice insurance for doctors.
H.R. 3962 will not be "affordable" but actually will increase the cost and decrease the care. Please continue the fight as the battle now moves to the Senate.
(The writer is vice-chairman of the Richmond County Republican Party.)