On June 28th, the Supreme Court of The United States upheld the “Affordable Care Act” (also known as Obamacare).
In a bizarre ruling, Chief Justice Roberts allowed a great destruction of individual liberty and economic freedom. Here in Troup County, the negative effects of Obamacare have already begun to quietly decrease not only our quality of life, but also the basic protection of life.
Portions of the act have caused a significant increase in the healthcare costs that Troup County pays for county employees. This is a contributing factor to shortfalls in the current year and next year’s county budget. In response, the county commission enacted a hiring freeze. We certainly do need to shrink the size of government at all levels, but in doing so, elected officials should focus on providing the basic functions of government while cutting the unnecessary and the wasteful.
In the Obamacare budget crunch, the county commissioners have done the opposite. By someone very familiar with the Troup County Fire Department, I was told there are five firefighter positions presently going unfilled because of county budget actions. However, when the current county manager retires next month and begins to collect his county pension, he will be re-hired into a newly created county position where reportedly he will oversee the spending of SPLOST tax money.
Result: While the county fire department will have a reduced capability to protect your life and property, the county administration will be providing a double-dipping salary to someone to assist in spending SPLOST dollars on largely frivolous projects.
Obamacare is bad. Through its poor decisions, your local government has made its impacts even worse. On the broader issue, many citizens are not aware of the long-term negative impacts that Obamacare will have upon their life and liberty. From before the official introduction of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Congress in 2009, I have been researching its effects and I have been active in attempts to overturn it.
If not undone, Obamacare will eventually lead us to healthcare completely administered by the federal government. Imagine, you and your family will have your health “managed” by nameless bureaucrats in Washington D.C. This has already begun with the development of protocols that direct who will get treatment and who will not.
This sets our society on a course where your value as a human being will be measured based on your usefulness to the government and the politicians who run it. Already during the implementation of Obamacare, there are many examples of healthcare favoritism based on political affiliation. This brings with it very many grave implications to what we know as “Freedom.” Are you registered to vote? Are you an informed voter preparing to make good decisions at the polls at all levels of government? Are you paying attention to what government is doing to you? Elections matter. In many ways, local elections matter the most because that is where we begin to learn how to do self-government. Individual liberty and freedom begins or ends at your doorstep.
Candidate for Troup County
Board of Commissioners, District 2