A Conservative’s Sincere Argument Against Obamacare
Recently, to many a progressive’s dismay, the Republican party’s legislative body began serious efforts to dismantle, repeal, and replace Obamacare. For years, President Obama’s shining achievement offered healthcare to the less fortunate of our great country, and that is a wonderful thing. Now, it seems as his championed legacy for the poor will be buried and forgotten.
I can just imagine the reader’s thoughts, “What? The title says that this guy is a conservative? I thought all conservatives hate Obamacare?” You would be correct, for the most part we do. But we do not hate its goal, the provision of health care to those with less. This idea is something that many conservatives hope for and dream of. Wow, would you look at that: conservatives are not heartless after all.
Personally, I believe that humanity is morally responsible for the well-being of its members. The difference between the average Obamacare-supporting progressive and me, however, is that I do not necessarily believe that ends justify means. I have found that this is the difference between many conservatives and liberals; we seek the same objective or subscribe to a certain moral philosophy, but are willing or unwilling to do certain things to ourselves and the rest of society to achieve it.
The truth of the matter is that I have seen too many lives and families destroyed or crippled by Obamacare. I personally have known fathers and mothers that were crushed under the burden of paying for doubled or tripled insurance premiums and added coverage (as required by OC) for themselves and their children. Many of my friends, having just graduated from college, could not afford to pay their artificially increased premiums that resulted from the new 3-1 ratio rule of Obamacare, which limited the prices at which older people can pay for healthcare and forced the youth of the country to pay for the deficit. It is worth mentioning that those youths’ insurance premiums have increased by 44%. I have also seen too many businesses close and people lose their jobs because of Obamacare. OC mandated that businesses, big and small, provide additional benefits specified by the Act. Many employers simply could not afford to give all their workers these benefits, and subsequently laid them off, fired them, or closed their doors. These people were all members of the middle class who had enough trouble before Obamacare came around. So, to put it swiftly, my beef with Obamacare was never about providing the poor with health insurance. I simply believe that it is immoral to attempt to raise the standard of living for a small minority of people by impoverishing the rest of society.
My personal stance on providing healthcare for the poor is much more capitalistic. I believe that we, as a country, should do everything in our power to better the economy. With a stronger market, there would be more high quality jobs that would be able to provide better benefits to their employees, including the poor; money would be more plentiful and hold more buying power; prices would be lower, providing a naturally low cost for health coverage that would be more available to the poor (and not producing a deficit for others to have to pay for); and in a strengthened economy, there would be less unemployed, underemployed, underpaid, and discouraged workers. In other words, in this hypothetical economy, there would be less poor people, those who are poor would have better chances at success through their own efforts, and everyone in the country would see benefit.
In this day and age, not every person receives the blessings that he or she deserves. There are many whom are deprived of the simple necessities that our society takes for granted. Healthcare is just one of those things. Regardless of political differences, liberals and conservatives alike strive towards a common goal in this case: to serve those who are less fortunate. Let’s serve them by making society a better place for everyone.
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About the Author:
Nicholas Thomas is a rising junior at Harding University and is pursuing a degree in Marketing and Accounting at the Harding College of Business. In his free time, Nick enjoys recreational firearm activities, strength training, backpacking and camping, political discussion, and spending time with friends and family.