I don’t know about you, but I’m growing a bit tired of news stories about the daily status of the government’s Affordable Care Act website. The website isn’t the problem!
Sure, the fact that hundreds of millions of our tax dollars were spent to build a website that doesn’t work is important -- and a glaring example of what happens when the government tries to do something that is better left to the private sector.
But as I have said in several media interviews recently, the website is just the tip of the iceberg.The REAL problem is the government takeover of healthcare that it represents.Let’s not forget, the politicians justified President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, on two basic claims: First, it would make healthcare more affordable, and second, it would make it more accessible.
As is now becoming clear, they lied. Many of us knew at the time that the math simply didn’t add up, and more importantly, we knew that putting the government squarely in the middle of any marketplace will NOT reduce costs or improve services. But now, as the realities of cancelled insurance policies, higher premiums for new policies, and the growing list of private healthcare providers who are not going to participate set in, the rest of America is seeing the truth.
Even young people, who are key to making the President’s economic redistribution plan work, are seeing through the scheme. Just this week, a poll conducted by Harvard University found that only 1 in 5 “Millennials” plan to sign up for insurance under the new law. No surprise there. With premiums inflated to subsidize older Americans, and a penalty that is less than the cost of coverage, why would anyone expect them to sign up?
When government makes promises it cannot keep, people get hurt. Just look at Detroit, where bankruptcy and the consequences thereof are now real. When all is said and done, the Affordable Care Act is nothing more than a massive promise that the government cannot keep -- and now tens of millions of Americans are seeing the cost of that promise first-hand.
What those Americans need to understand now is that there ARE ways to reduce healthcare costs and make it accessible to more people. Instead of government mandates, we need freedom from government interference. “Blow the lid off supply”, as I frequently say, and the marketplace will provide better service at lower costs. And for those who truly need assistance, get the federal bureaucrats out of the way and allow the states to innovate and tailor programs for their specific needs. As a Governor, I found that Medicaid costs could be cut significantly without sacrificing care.
Through the Our America Initiative, we are highlighting these free market, innovative approaches. We have held events and even a Google Hangout to bring together health care experts and free market advocates to explore alternatives to Obamacare that will, in fact, reduce costs and increase care.
This is a conversation that MUST take place, but on a truly national scale. You can help us kick off that conversation by going to OurAmericaInitiative.com and making a contribution -- large or small -- that will allow us to reach those millions of Americans who are just now seeing the harsh reality of the government’s healthcare takeover. As we reach out to those Americans with real alternatives, I am confident they will join us in demanding that the government stop making promises it can’t keep.
The time is NOW.
Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Governor Gary Johnson