Hurting the middle class

To the editor:

To Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and Congressman Owens:

It is with much sorrow with which I write this letter.

First let me begin by saying I have worked in the health care field for more than 30 years. In this time period much has changed, most of it for the worse – not the quality of the care nor the technological advancement, mind you, but the “business” of it. We clearly have issues that need to be addressed.

The United States of America has the best health care in the world, even with all its faults. People come from all over the world seeking treatment within our borders. As such, there must be some good in it.

Having said these things, I do NOT believe that Obamacare will fix any of the issues. I believe that it will make health care worse in the long run on so many fronts. We stand to lose our standing as the world’s health care provider.

It is clear that the cost to the individual will go up and that individual choice will go down. I have personally witnessed both of these things already as a result of the pending legislation. Additionally, the potential exists for the quality to decrease, technological advancement to decrease and availability to decrease, and our country’s position as the world leader of health care may be in jeopardy.

You profess to be looking out for the middle class, the working man and woman, yet this law stands to be a tremendous burden on the same folks you allude to be fighting for. The rich will be affected little as they have the wherewithal to pay above and beyond what insurance pays for whatever service they desire. The poor, likewise, will be effected little as they will have no financial requirements to participate. But the middle class, yet again, will be punished and caught in the middle. Why?

I plead with you to remove your political hat, set aside the rhetorical hyperbole and look at this as a person, NOT a politician, for this is too important an issue to play politics with. I implore you to reach deep within your being into your soul and ask God for help with this decision. Please ask Him to give you the integrity to do the right thing – and I believe we all have the innate sense of right and wrong that is fundamental to our human makeup – even if it means opposing the voice of your party. Please do the right thing, the moral thing, and put a stop to Obamacare.

In closing, I’d like to leave you by asking one question. If Obamacare is so good for America, why are you and your family exempted from its burdensome, overbearing, harmful and tyrannical effects?


Matthew S. Warner

Saranac Lake