ObamaCare: Take a stand - NOW!

Friday, August 23, 2013
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Dan Celia - Guest Columnist
http://www.financialissues.org

Dan CeliaDefunding ObamaCare now is our last hope and our last stand, but we have far too many legislators who do not have the backbone to make that last stand. It's up to Americans to demand that they do it.


More and more companies are realizing ObamaCare is going to be a difficult – or impossible – expense to swallow.

Case in point: UPS has announced they are no longer going to cover spouses and families on their health insurance program. This will have a huge impact on thousands and thousands of UPS employees. Expect to see others following.

Other companies continue to cut back to as many part-time workers as they possibly can, while mid-sized to small companies are, of course, staying under that 50 full-time employee mark to avoid any issue with ObamaCare.

A growing number of people are realizing that keeping their current insurance, while a possibility, may not be at all practical since the expense of it will be astronomical. Increasingly, more state and local governments and pension plans are indicating that they see a dramatic move coming by 2016 to stop supplying health benefits for their retirees.

If this trend continues and we do see a full implementation of ObamaCare, we will naturally blame the politicians for more decay of our economic strength. But is it all their fault? If we are unwilling to take a stand now, to fight what is happening, then we will have to share the blame.

What can we do? We can write letters to our congressmen (both local and national offices) reminding them that if they support ObamaCare they will no longer get our support. We must demand the continuation of the great American traditions and the constitutional rights of a free enterprise system.

We must also remind them that they work for us. The vast majority of the American people (both Democrats and Republicans) do not want ObamaCare in its current form. But is Congress willing to do what it will take to stop it from going forward?

Unfortunately, in my opinion there is only one option: defund it. As much as the Republican Party would like to tell us differently – and the brilliant Republican strategists who have done nothing for America (or for the party they supposedly represent) tell us that it would be political suicide – we must insist on defunding ObamaCare.

Not voting to defund ObamaCare – though they disagree with it – will confirm the naiveté of our congressmen and senators. It will show they actually believe that once ObamaCare comes into full force, it will be such a nightmare that it will beeasyto overturn. But nothing could be further from the truth!

The fact is that once this becomes the law of the land – fully enforced and in place – there will be multitudes of people on it through state exchanges (30, 40, 50 million people). What congressman (Republican or Democrat) would then be willing to rewrite, defund, or overturn the law and put tens of millions of people on the street without any healthcare? That will never happen – it would be political suicide.

Defunding ObamaCare now is our last hope and our last stand, but we have far too many legislators who do not have the backbone to make that last stand. It is up to Americans to demand that they do it.

I hope all of us will fight to do this for our own protection and the future of our children and grandchildren ... for the good of America ... and to help our country regain our position as the #1 world economy.


Dan Celia is CEO and president of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries. His program, "Financial Issues," is heard weekdays (8-10 a.m. Central) and Saturdays (10-11 a.m. Central) on AFR Talk (American Family Radio).

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