In presidential election, voters face health care choice

October 30, 2012

By Joshua Schaier

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Joshua Schaier
Skyline High School

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.

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2 Responses to “In presidential election, voters face health care choice”

  1. Michael Miller on October 31st, 2012 10:33 am

    Joshua,
    First, I’d like to commend you on both your interest and the objectivity expressed in your piece. Such objectivity is rare these days, even (or perhaps especially) amongst adults. But there is one small yet significant error in your characterization of the two candidates positions on healthcare. You are correct in your summary of the two when it comes to the federal law known as Obamacare. But you are incorrect when you state that “Romney is now trying to distance himself from that plan” (referring to the similar plan that was passed in Massachusetts). What Romney has consistently done is not to distance himself from that plan, but rather to point out the very important differences & distinctions between the federal level Obamacare versus the state-level “Romneycare.” The foundational & statutory principle of “federalism” and state sovereignty are very important, and should not be cast aside in the absense of vigorous debate. I commend your youthful inquisativeness, and urge you to dig deeper.
    mike

  2. Joshua Schaier on October 31st, 2012 5:44 pm

    Michael,

    Thank you for your kind words. My intention in writing this article was simply to provide an overview of the healthcare debate, and not get into the complexities of the issue. I originally wrote this article for my school newspaper, and I wanted to make sure that I wrote it in such a way that all of my peers could understand.

    Without getting into a political debate, I’d like to say that I understand what you’re saying and I agree that I didn’t tell the whole story in my article. I just didn’t have room to include everything, which in no way makes what you just said any less important.

    Once again, thank you for your well-thought out opinion. I appreciate your praise and I also commend you for remaining very civil in your response, which is something that I feel is sadly not very common when it comes to political discussion these days.

    Joshua Schaier

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