Saturday, September 05, 2009

GUEST COLUMN: "Say NO to Obama-Care!"

By State Rep. Danny Bubp

How many times in our lives have we heard, “if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is?” As I listen to President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid, Howard Dean and other democrat leaders talk about a government run universal healthcare system, I am reminded of this old saying.

According to the rhetoric, we can insure all illegal aliens and all uninsured Americans with little increased cost and by simply cutting costs to the current system. While I believe that the current healthcare system can be improved, I don’t see why anyone would believe that the government can run anything efficiently. An examination of the few programs that government does run--social security, the postal service and even Medicare -- all reflect poor management and endless costs. Add to this the cash for clunkers program and bailouts to companies that spend our money foolishly leaves me with little confidence that the United States government can run a universal healthcare system.

That is why I cosponsored legislation that preserves the freedom of Ohioans to make their own healthcare decisions. House Joint Resolution 3 (HJR 3), known as the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Act, proposes an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution to prohibit any Ohio law or rule from forcing any person, employer, or healthcare provider to participate in a healthcare system.

Now let’s be clear. If Obama-care is passed by the democrats in control of Washington and becomes Federal law, then HJR 3 will not supersede federal law. However, if Obama-care is not passed, this legislation will prohibit the democrats in Columbus from passing legislation that would require a single healthcare system in Ohio.

The key here is that all of us must get involved. If you agree that government has no business providing a universal healthcare system that we cannot afford, then let your representatives in Washington D.C. know. Our voices, when united, speak loudly. A government run universal healthcare plan is not in anyone’s best interest.

These are certainly difficult times and it is my opinion that the politicians in Washington are on the fast track to bankrupt America. The constant bailouts are adding to the national deficit at an alarming rate. We need to replace all of the politicians who continue to vote for increased spending. They must be held accountable!

Please plan to attend the Winchester Caramel Festival which runs September 4 - 6. The Festival is hosting a 5K Race Friday at 6:30 p.m. Also plan to hear Steve Parks and Longshot performing Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Grandstand. Please have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can reachmy office by calling (614) 644-6034 or by mail at State Representative Danny Bubp, at 77 S. High Street, 10th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. You may also email me