This is a tough call; after all, you have massive deficits that we are leaving to our grandkids, a sputtering economy with historically high unemployment rates, and a runaway entitlement culture. But my choice is Obamacare.
The full consequences of this monstrosity are just now becoming known. Millions of Americans will lose the health care they are now getting because employers will find it cheaper to eliminate insurance coverage and pay the fine than to pay for the increasingly more expensive health insurance. And it is not because they are cheapskates: they simply can't afford the Obamacare-mandated insurance cost.
This is not hypothetical -- I am, personally, in a decision-making capacity of an organization faced with this exact dilemma. Those that can keep their insurance will see their premiums increase by 30 percent on average, many by much more, despite Obama's claim that Obamacare will cut health care costs.
Nancy Pelosi famously said that, "We will have to pass this bill to see what is in it," but this is only partly true. Bureaucrats led by Kathleen Sebelius, director of Health and Human Services, are writing the tens of thousands of pages of Obamacare regulations that actually implement the law. For example, just because a company provides health insurance that does not mean it complies with government requirements. The law did not spell out what those are, but left it to Sebelius and her minions to determine.
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Bear in mind, these are faceless bureaucrats who are operating without Congressional oversight, by and large. Already this has resulted in major public uproars, such as mandated birth control.
And the worst is still yet to come. We will see hospitals go bankrupt because of the steep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements; hospitals that serve a disproportionally large proportion of low-income patients. Doctors are leaving the medical practice because of Obamacare. Having insurance doesn't guarantee you access to health care!
So, are we better or worse off with Obamacare? That's pretty obvious.
-- TOM SEIM, Richland