“If you expect the government to take care of your health from birth to death, expect the distance between the two of them to get shorter.”
Though intended to lighten the heavy topic of government-run health care, the truth of that sarcasm outweighs its humor.
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week that the Obama administration’s crown jewel, the Affordable Care Act, is constitutional, a universal health care system guided and regulated by the federal government appears to be in America’s future, unless something drastic happens in the next few months.
And while the debate over whether that irritating and costly individual health care mandate is a penalty or a tax continues, for many that’s not the real problem.
Illinois already has plunged deeply into the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as critics refer to it. During the closing days of the General Assembly’s spring session, Republicans and Democrats voted to ask the federal government for permission to implement a key provision of the law two years early. If the feds say OK, more than 250,000 unmarried, uninsured young adults will go on the state’s Medicaid rolls.
“It’s not really going to cost us anything more,” one Springfield lawmaker said. “We’re already paying for their health care. Now we’ll get federal funds.”
So easy. Just get on the federal government’s dole and you’re set. Just like the indigent and prisoners. All your physical needs are met, but at what cost?
Sunday, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8th) convened a town hall meeting to discuss the high court’s ruling.
“Obamacare was the issue of 2010, and with the Supreme Court’s decision last week, it’s now become the issue of 2012,” Walsh told the crowd of nearly 350 in Elk Grove Village.