I remember growing up in Los Angeles with terrible smog. The smog was so bad that you couldn’t see more than a few miles on a clear day, our eyes burned, and our lungs hurt while breathing deep. The state of California proposed putting emissions controls on new vehicles and you would have thought the state was outlawing avocados. The auto manufactures said it was going to be the end of the auto industry in California. Cars would be too expensive and no one would sell vehicles in the golden state. Ten years later the air was great, the auto industry was still selling cars in California, and the rest of the country was using California as a model for emissions control.
Fast forward to health care reform. First, without this new law, people will die. If you don’t believe me, watch this story: http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/27/health/health-care-insurance-lifetime-caps/index.html This is just one story, but there are many more like this one.
Second, health insurers are making record profits. Don’t take my word for it, read this story: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/HealthCare/health-insurers-post-record-profits/story?id=9818699
And finally, it’s no surprise that the health insurance industry supports the individual mandate: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2012/06/17/mandate-to-buy-coverage-health-insurance-industrys-idea-not-obamas/
Why does the U.S. spend more money on health care per person with fewer people covered? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=110997469 It’s time for regulation (which is not a bad word).
So when people tell you that the sky is falling because of health care reform, remember, the same thing was said when we ended child labor, we all supported women working outside the home, and we added emissions controls on autos.