Let’s assume next year we face an increase of 25 percent in the premium cost of our health insurance. That increase will make the company’s share go up to approximately $190,000. As a company we could save roughly $90,000 and see our staff get far better coverage than we can afford to give them. But that choice, as tempting as it may appear on the surface, is a double edged sword as thousands of employers will likely take the same step. The problem then becomes how can the government pay for that insurance? The only answer is they will have to increase taxes, thus removing the choices small business and their employees now have available to them to control costs.
Having a government provided health plan continues to move our country and its people away from self dependence and more toward government dependence and entitlement. As a proud people we once took great pride in supporting ourselves and our freedom to make our own decisions and control our own lives without the interference of Big Brother. AHCA serves as just another chink in the armor of the American Freedom we so value. As tempting as the package sounds I believe it is not in our country’s long term best interest, especially since much of the act is still not defined and the true costs are unknown. I’m all for equal access to affordable health care but this plan runs contrary to the basic principles of our free society.
Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org