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Obamacare and The American Dream
Friday, January 13, 2017
- I read a post yesterday on a blog by someone I'm a big fan of. I won't mention his name or link to the post because I don't want it to look like I'm singling him out, but here's what he had to say:
I don’t know what’s going to happen. I fear that we will be unable to insure our son because he was diagnosed with a brain tumor as an infant. I fear that I am going to be in a position where I have to choose between my company and my family.
That — in no way — is something that I should fear as an American citizen, an entrepreneur or a father.I have a few thoughts here. First, exactly where in our constitution does it say that he, "in no way", should fear making that choice as an American citizen? How does he have any right to demand that every other citizen make sacrifices so that he doesn't have to? Life has always been about making those tough choices. I'm reminded of something I've heard John Gruber repeat more than once. He shares a story about how he almost feels guilty for the "work" he does because his grandfather used to work in a coal mine. His grandfather did that work so his children and their children would never have to. His grandfather could have easily said it's not fair that he has to choose a crappy job in order to lift his family out of their situation. And he would have been right! It's not fair that we have to make difficult decisions, but sometimes we do.Second, what the writer is asking for is unrealistic. What he's not recognizing is that the legislation that has allowed him to avoid choosing between his company and his family, is the same legislation that forced me to abandon my company. You see, prior to Obamacare, I was providing insurance for my children and running my own business. Thanks to Obamacare, I am now legally required to purchase insurance for myself too. Since the monthly premium is more than my house payment, I simply cannot afford it. I had to make the choice and close down my business and find a job so I could pay for the required healthcare premiums. (Actually, I didn't get to make the choice.) Is that fair? Is it fair to me that I can't own my own business anymore so that this guy can?I know it's cliché to quote John F. Kennedy, but he famously said, "Ask not what your country can do for you..." We need a lot more people who will stop asking what their country will do for them, and start doing more for their country.