In a Democracy we often believe the most important thing is to vote. That is important. But even more important is to be informed - to vote according to the best information we can gain. It is even more important in this day and age to research and be informed than ever before. We have grown accustomed to 90 second snippets and slick ads driving many of our daily decisions. Even though we know better, we oddly accept that most of what we see and hear is true. Most of these 90 second snippets and slick ads are designed to appeal to our emotions because we more quickly act on impulse and emotion. Once we have an emotional reaction to something, we rarely dig deeper.
DIG DEEPER folks! Our Democracy - our society depends on it. If you find yourself repeating emotion filled one liners, they have you where they want you. You won't research and decide based on reality, you are hooked on the one liners.
"Obamacare"! Do you repeat that term? They gottcha. Have you read the Affordable Care Act? Can you tell me what part you don't like?
Are you against your children being allowed to stay on your health care plan until age 26?
Do you believe insurers should be able to deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition?
Do you believe it is wise for insurers to provide preventative health care screenings free of charge?
Do you believe insurers should be able to have a cap on the amount of health care benefits they provide over your lifetime?
Do you believe health care insurers should be able to spend as much money as they like on things other than providing health care to those they ensure?
Are you against tax incentives for small businesses to provide health insurance?
Have you read the Affordable Care Act?
Maybe you are against the mandate to get healthcare insurance. Healthcare Insurers demanded that. Why? Because if our goal is to provide more affordable health care, we cannot just insure the sick and vurnerable. We need a broader pool. The cost has to be spread out or those insured will pay more and more.
Do you know what the punishment is if you don't get insured next year? A whopping $95 in 2013.
If you don't think you will need any medical care in 2013, opt out - pay the $95. The rest of us will hope you are right, that you don't need medical care. Someone will have to pay for it if you cannot.
Read the Affordable Care Act! http://www.healthcare.gov It was modeled after the plan Mitt Romney enacted in Massachusetts. See what that state has to say about how it has worked.
If you can make an educated argument against any part of it, please share that. More importantly, please share what you would do - specifically to solve our health care problems. And if you aren't aware that we have any - get your head out of the sand.