Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama proposed universal health care without an individual mandate. President Barack Obama proposed proposed universal health care with a personal mandate, provided certain conditions are met, but with a hardship waiver. The current Senate bill contains (1) a personal mandate with civil penalties for those who fail to comply, (2) it fails to meet the specific conditions outlined by the President, and (3) it weighs heavily in favor of the health insurance providers.
What has happened to health care reform? First it was the loss of the single payer option, then the public option vanished, but the individual mandate remained. That was the third and final strike which pushed this bill into the "totally unacceptable" category. Still, President Obama continues to push for it's passage.
Any bill which fails to improve freedom of access and affordability for all is simply not a good bill. This bill indentures the public to greedy health insurance providers who have a history of discrimination, price fixing, and the use of undue influence to increase profits. It fails to meet the affordability and cost reduction tests outlined in Obama's proposal. It conscripts the health and wealth of all Americans to insurance providers by allowing them to increase rates with impunity, on the people's tab, and in direct opposition to the public good. This bill is not reform. It is repression.
Support for this bill has recently declined to 33 percent after initially receiving overwhelming public support. It has been stripped of all viability and promise. All that remains is the skeleton of what was once a noble and humanitarian initiative. It has become a bad bill, an unfair bill, an insurance bailout bill. It will not serve the people: it will drive them into bankruptcy.
This bill flies in the face of Constitutional freedoms and denies Americans the freedom of choice, a principle that the Democrats have fought long and hard to achieve. This bill represents nothing less than a betrayal to the people who supported it. It is too late and the bill too convoluted to ever see the light of day. It has become a monster and so, with some regret, it is time to kill it. One can only guess what President Obama was thinking by the way he handled this legislation. The legislative process has been an abject failure and the bill is a failure, undeserving of further consideration in it's current form and construction.
"If we are going to make people responsible for owning health insurance, we must make health care affordable", Mr. Obama wrote. "If we do end up with a system where people are responsible for their own insurance, we need to provide a hardship waiver to exempt Americans who cannot afford it." - President Barack Obama (source: NY Times June 3, 2009)
"But I'm also committed to ensuring that whatever plan we design upholds three basic principles: First, the rising cost of health care must be brought down; second, Americans must have the freedom to keep whatever doctor and health care plan they have, or to choose a new doctor or health care plan if they want it; and third, all Americans must have quality, affordable health care." - President Barack Obama (source: Chicago Sun-Times May 11, 2009)
No individual mandate
Unlike Clinton, who would require all Americans to obtain health coverage, Obama only mandates coverage for children. Adults are encouraged, but not required, to obtain coverage under his proposal.
Senator Barack Obama's Healthcare Reform Proposal (About.com Updated December 16, 2009)
Mr. President, you are only as good as your word. You have let your supporters down in addition to those desperately in need of medical care. This is no longer a bill worthy of your support or endorsement. If medical care cannot be tailored to the public need, then reform is without merit.