I try to blog every two weeks and some weeks a topic is in the front of my mind. Other times, I have to put a little more effort in discovering something worthwhile to blog about. Today is one of those days.
My mind is on the Supreme Court’s announcement regarding healthcare, and the turmoil their decision is going to cause within the business community. A large corporation has large resources and because of that, they likely have more options available to deal with healthcare costs. Whereas, a small business struggles to keep pace with the premium increases that seem to come every year.
I’m old enough to remember the “good ole days” when we were able to pay 100% of our employees’ healthcare premiums, but those days are long gone. Our employees now pay a significant portion of their insurance costs. When we have premium increases, a portion of those increases are passed on to the employees. So, any change in healthcare, that increases costs, affects not only our small business, but each one of our employees.
I have no idea what all of the ramifications of this decision are going to be, as it’s too early to tell. But, I hear people say that the larger corporations may drop healthcare as an employee benefit, because the penalty for not providing healthcare insurance will be less than the premiums they currently pay.
As a small family-owned business, I think the penalty vs. the healthcare cost will be so close that the decision may be difficult for us. But, what is frightening to me, is that dropping private healthcare insurance and forcing employees onto a national healthcare plan is not good. Just ask some of the wealthy people who travel to the U.S. for medical care – just because they can afford to. If their country’s national healthcare is so good, why do they come to the U.S.? It’s a question worth asking.
Another random thought that just popped up is this – our country is so great and so wonderful that we have people violating the law just to live and work here. Our freedoms, that we so willingly allow our politicians to remove from us in return for being “taken care of”, are the same freedoms these “foreigners” are willing to do anything to experience. Why do we not value them just as much?
We have gotten lost. This isn’t about whether you are a Republican, a Democrat or a member of a third party. Our freedoms and liberties have been disappearing at a slow and steady rate for years. Those that speak out are called radical, discontents, prejudiced and many other unattractive terms. But, someone needs to speak up and kudos to those that have the courage to let their voices ring out!
At what point are we going to say STOP? At what point are we going to limit our politicians’ power over our personal lives? At what point did Americans begin to feel that it was better to be on the public dole than to be responsible for their own welfare? At what point did we feel it was better to be “taken care of” instead of “taking care of”?
The Constitution is worth fighting for – just ask all of the brave men and women who have placed their lives on the line to protect it – many have died to insure our freedoms. Why are we allowing our politicians to minimize their sacrifice? We do so every time we turn a blind eye and allow them to remove, or limit, any of our rights.
It’s time to take a stand and demand that the Constitution be honored. It’s time to take a stand and demand term limits for our politicians – serving our country was never meant to be a lifetime of being on the public’s payroll. It’s time to stop burying our heads in the sand and start to stand up and say “enough”. No matter your political persuasion, if you are an American, your freedoms are what you stand upon and should stand up for! Let your voice be heard!