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A Mom’s Worry About the President’s Healthcare Law

Posted: July 8, 2012 at 10:30 am   /   by

By A Mom

The terrible storm on the East Coast last week damaged power lines, destroyed property and cost a few precious lives.  Local officials are blaming others over the poor response to the crisis while families are enduring triple-digit temperatures without power. It truly is a Mother’s nightmare.

Officials who know nothing about how to restore electricity are pointing fingers at the power companies as they work around the clock to restore power. I overheard a city employee reprimanding a neighbor who had some debris on his sidewalk.  He lost three large trees and had quickly removed them at his expense and with no government involvement.  The city employee should have commended him.

My neighbor did not ask me to help pay for his tree removal; he managed it himself. Substitute downed trees for healthcare and the anticipated tax increase.  I should not have to pay for that man’s healthcare any more than I should pay for his tree removal.  His choice of an arborist was none of the government’s business.  What if government imposed a huge tax to pay for all tree removal and decreed how and when to remove them?  And, you had to pay even if you owned a chainsaw or had no trees.

Where is the common sense in the thunderstorm that is President Obama’s Healthcare law? Doctors, like the arborists and power company experts, do not need to be told by government bureaucrats how to do their jobs.  Women are capable of making their own health care choices, with the support of their families. Government shouldn’t be involved.  When has the government made smarter decisions about what is best for us?  Why should government determine how much or what care I receive, or even if I should be allowed to get it?  And why should I have to pay for other women’s choices to use birth control or endure abortions?

I cannot imagine having born my children under the president’s law.  My relationship with my doctor was very important to all of us, for my healthy pregnancies, and the miracle of their births.  I trusted that the care my doctor gave was best for my babies and me, without the involvement of the government.  As a Mom, it is critical to me that our doctors know us, that care is based on our individual needs and that we discuss treatment options together, to keep everyone healthy.  I know my children better than anyone, and I certainly know my own body.

Our taxes will go up as a result of the latest weather disaster, helping to fund future cleanups. But what about the $multiple-trillion tax that the healthcare disaster imposes?  How are we going to pay for that?  Why should we pay more to get less?  The economic consequences of the cleanup we are imposing on our children are mind-boggling.

Unfortunately President Obama’s Healthcare law is more devastating than the latest storm and its aftermath. I grieve for the suffering we are imposing on our children with this long-term burden.  Given a choice, I would take a few more days without power over the many losses that President Obama’s Healthcare law is set to impose.

Katherine Dudley Hoehn

Katherine writes from her home office, with the help of her adopted chocolate lab. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, she has spent most her her government relations and nonprofit career inside the Capital Beltway where she also raised two amazing sons.

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A Mom’s Worry About the President’s Healthcare Law