In presidential election, voters face health care choice
October 30, 2012
By Joshua Schaier
For many seniors, this election will be their first opportunity to vote and the first time that they’ve really had to pay attention to the issues. The Affordable Care Act is one of the biggest issues in the 2012 election. It is hotly contested by politicians from both parties. What about this law has stirred such passionate reactions from both sides?
The ACA is a law that strives to make sure Americans have the health insurance coverage they need. To ensure that more Americans get health insurance, a tax is placed on Americans who don’t buy health insurance and refuse to buy it. It also makes sure that insurance companies are more tightly regulated.
Many Americans feel the government has no right to interfere in healthcare, and think Americans who don’t want health insurance shouldn’t be penalized for that decision. They see it as a question of the government encroaching on their freedoms.
Republicans have made it very clear in the past that they oppose a strong federal government and governmental interference in their daily lives. They point to the ACA as a prime example of governmental interference.
Many Democrats feel the tax is necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of the vast majority of the American people. They think that keeping as many people healthy as possible is a worthy goal, even if it means sacrifices in personal freedoms.
Despite his current attacks on the ACA, Mitt Romney proposed a very similar plan for Massachusetts while he was the governor of that state. Romney is now trying to distance himself from that plan.
The ACA has become one of the biggest points of contention between Romney and Barack Obama. Romney has made it very clear that he intends to repeal the bill, and Obama is equally passionate about defending it.
In the end, the future of the ACA will not depend on the decision of powerful politicians like Obama or Romney, but on the average American voter’s choice in this election.