Sunday, May 11, 2014

Letter to Senator Rand Paul about Obamacare

Dear Senator Rand Paul,-

Obamacare -- It's a shame that the federal government has to decree a law that mandates that citizens have to buy something.  But affordable health care services in my state are impossible to find.  Finding a physician that doesn't overcharge hundreds of dollars for basic procedures is simply impossible.  I need insurance to protect me from this sort of price gouging.

What else can be done to increase the number of affordable health care options in Texas?

I see the Affordable Health Care Act as yet another tax.  In return for that tax, the prices I pay for health care get lower.

My question for you, Senator Paul is this: How else will the prices ever get lower?

Look Senator Paul, if you want to get rid of Obamacare so badly, then you need to get rid of the federal government's Constitutional right to tax its citizens.  If you can do that, then you can get rid of all the things that you seem to dislike about the federal government.

Otherwise, you are going to simply have to find a way to get health care costs down across the board without a massive insurance mandate.

I work really hard and I have a good job -- but until you do one of those things, I simply can't afford to go to a doctor unless I have insurance.  And that means I'll likely die earlier than my parents, or my grandparents.  It almost seems like the current health care system is designed specifically so that rich people are the only ones who can go to a doctor.

I just want to be able to afford to go to the doctor.  I don't care how it gets done.  That's your job.

Let me be clear about that last bit: Your job is to figure out how to make health care costs lower.

-Nels Nelson

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