Obamacare and Broken Promises

by Christopher O'Brien

flagsliderBy State Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

When the subject of politics comes up, there are a few common phrases you are bound to hear.   Some will say their party is always correct and others will say that none of our elected officials even have a clue.  Some will say that they are tired of the partisanship and their elected officials voting along party lines while others will say that both parties are the same anyway.  I am going to save that topic for a future column but today I want to concentrate on another comment you often hear, and that is that “all politicians are crooks.”

Well, I think that it’s safe to say, at least for my own sake, that not ALL politicians are crooks.

Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

My goal has always been to do my job as our State Representative to the best of my ability.  To me, that means understanding and respecting my role as it was intended, to be a citizen legislator who honors the office, respects his oath and remembers who he works for.  That would be you, the people I represent within Connecticut’s 80th Assembly District.   I won’t say it’s an easy job but I won’t complain either.  One thing that I am certain has made it easier for me than some others is that I know who I am and what I believe.   I ran for office for a specific purpose.  I didn’t like the direction our state was headed and I felt that it was my duty to get involved and try to change things.

It certainly is true that many good people shy away from politics.  The question is why.   Maybe it’s the perception that many politicians are involved for their own personal gain or that they will soon forget where they came from if they ever knew at all.   Or maybe they just don’t want to be associated with those in the business of broken promises.

Just a year ago Americans heard all of the talking points in favor of Obamacare as the 2012 presidential election season wound to a close.  We also heard the promises made by the President and his surrogates – that if you liked your current insurance plan, then you could keep it “period.” If you liked your doctors, you could keep them too.  Amazingly, while making insurance available to everyone and making the sky even more blue, Obamacare would save you money and reduce the national debt!

The slightest amount of common sense reminds us that nothing is free. Those claims were and are still patently false.  Yet, there is no correction, only more deception.

We are now told that the millions of Americans whose policies are being cancelled on account of Obamacare had “substandard” insurance anyway so of course, the “you can keep your plan” promise doesn’t matter.   Further, we are told that the insurance companies are just using Obamacare as an excuse to cancel policyholders that they no longer want.

For that to be true, you first would have to believe that insurance isn’t already regulated by the government.   Then you would have to believe that so-called greedy insurance companies would want to cancel those “phony” plans that they are obviously making a fortune on at our expense.   I wasn’t born yesterday, were you?

Proponents of Obamacare argue that those policies aren’t actually insurance – but in fact it is Obamacare that isn’t real insurance.   Unlike actual insurance, premiums will now be based on the government’s desire to redistribute wealth and not what insurance is based on – risk.

Most importantly, Obamacare eliminates the freedom of American citizens to choose their own healthcare options.   Further, the government will now control a huge portion of our once free economy including your access to healthcare, your treatment options and your wallet.

Sadly, this is the biggest broken promise of them all.  Our President and those who have supported this measure both at the federal level and in our state have broken their promise to preserve our freedoms and defend the US Constitution.

It’s no wonder, with broken promises of this magnitude that many of us are learning not to trust our politicians or our government.  John Adams said “The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”

As your State Representative and Ranking Member of the state’s Insurance & Real Estate Committee, I am proud to have been the leading opponent of Obamacare’s implementation in our state.

There have always been alternatives.  For example, Connecticut has more insurance coverage mandates than any other state.  This has prevented more inexpensive policy options from being offered to consumers and causes many insurers to choose not to do business in our state at all.  We should be allowing more competition and not less by allowing more insurers to compete in Connecticut, not chasing them away.  The cost of healthcare insurance starts with the high cost of healthcare.  We should be helping to reduce costs through malpractice tort reform which will lower premiums and will help allow doctors to stop practicing defensive medicine for fear of being sued.

Amazingly, it’s the same individuals that oppose these common sense measures that would reduce the skyrocketing cost of healthcare that support the government takeover.

As I said earlier, I ran for office because I am opposed to the direction our country and state are headed in.  I believe our culture is being weakened by policies that create dependency and stifle the desire for achievement and excellence.   America was founded by free people who made their own opportunities resulting in the greatest country on earth.  The principles that our country was founded upon are the key to that success and I believe we need to fight to preserve them at all costs.

Today there are too many that are satisfied being taken care of by government and at the expense of their neighbors.  Politicians have exploited this weakness for their own gain and to the detriment of America’s core beliefs.  Obamacare is a huge victory for them.

I am so glad to live in Wolcott where it’s still good to be patriotic, to love your country and to strive for excellence.

This past month, I had the privilege of sponsoring an art contest at Tyrell School.  Congratulations to winners, Jeremy Chin and Wenting Zheng.  Their artwork which was focused on what it means to be from Wolcott is currently on display at our State Capitol.  Thanks also to Mary Kelly and the Farmingbury Women’s Club and also to Katie Keane for hosting their annual events on the town green marking the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  It was an honor to participate in both events and showcased the citizens of Wolcott and their commitment to a better world.

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