Is the Affordable Care Act an example of socialism in our country? The head of our government, the president, said more than once that, "If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Period," and "If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Period." Who is responsible for providing my health care? Me, or the president? From these remarks, the head of government tells me that he is responsible for my health care. The federal government has now become our uninvited "guardian," socializing our health care system.
This is a major change, which leads some to the conclusion that health care is no longer a privilege, but a "right," endowed by the U.S. Government. Is this what the American citizens want, something imposed on us by the central government of the U.S.? Does this sound like a radical departure from the freedoms promised us in the U.S. Constitution?
To clarify, why are we turning over the reins of the most important and personal parts of our lives to the governmental hierarchy and a president who says, "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it"? (A promise which has proven to be completely untrue.) A modicum of historical research will show that socialism, regardless of its stripes or color, always fails. Do we want to be governed by a known failure, socialized medicine?
Norman Roberts — Franklin, N.C.