The Supreme Court definitely made the right decision on the health care debate. Mitt Romney was right when he put his health care plan in place in Massachusetts, and President Obama was right when he developed a similar program for our nation. Both Romney and Obama saw the need to provide universal health care for all citizens, and both took bold steps to make it happen. The people of Massachusetts are grateful to Romney for his efforts, and the nation will come to see the benefits of Obama's national program once the full plan goes into effect.
The elderly, children, college students and those with pre-existing conditions are already seeing the benefits of the new system. Additionally, the new system makes it illegal for insurance companies to charge women higher rates than men. Some states, including Washington and Massachusetts (thanks to Romney), have had this protection in place for a number of years. Thanks to Obama, this protection will be guaranteed for women nationwide.
The most controversial piece seemed to be the mandate for everyone to purchase health insurance. The Supreme Court said it was not unconstitutional, because it actually is a tax. It doesn't really matter what it's called. The point is that nobody is going to get a free ride. Being required to purchase health insurance is no different than the requirement to purchase automobile insurance. The cost of health care continues to rise year after year, due in part to the fact that millions of citizens receive services, but have no means to pay. Health care providers must then increase their fees to cover their losses. The new national health care plan will help mitigate these losses, resulting in lower costs to everyone.
I am sure we will continue to hear opponents of the new system use scare tactics in an effort to influence the election. The most commonly heard charge is that the president is a socialist. Really? The best they can do is come up with a scare tactic from the '50s, '60s, '70s, and 80s? If the opposition has a better plan than what Romney and Obama have put forth, they ought to let us in on it. Using Soviet-era scare tactics makes them seem out of touch, especially since the Soviet Union dissolved more than 20 years ago.
-- Michael J. Nordsten, Richland