Health care reform, insuring all Americans a noble goal — just not at the expense of the American taxpayer and limited government
I don’t throw the word “phenom” around very often. In fact, I think I’ve used it twice in theses pages at America’s Right — first, to describe 13-year-old conservative wunderkind Jonathan Crohn after his brief address at CPAC; and second, to describe 16-year-old Jesse Civello following his stirring speech given at Philadelphia’s tax day tea party more than two months ago (video and text of that speech can be seen HERE). Nevertheless, I’m happy to be able to use it today.
That day, I asked Jesse if he had ever considered doing some writing. He said “yes.” Today, I am absolutely thrilled to introduce Jesse, this conservative phenom, as a new contributor here at America’s Right. — Jeff
By Jesse Civello
Last night, President Barack Obama took to the living rooms of the American people on his quest to expand government and sway public opinion on his health care agenda. It was an evening of diverse questions and hollow answers. The town hall meeting hosted by ABC was held in the East Room of the White House. Apparently, the president’s washroom was not available.
To his credit, one thing the president does seem to understand is that the time has indeed come for Americans to start thinking and talking seriously about our health care system. The fact of the matter is that 47 million Americans are currently uninsured, and regardless of the reasons why those people are lacking insurance, I believe the issue of uninsured Americans is simply too costly and much too important to become a partisan issue. It must become an issue of deference and reality, an issue that our politicians must realize lies not in the hands of our government but in the voice of its people.
I firmly believe that every American deserves quality health care; however, that does not mean it should be foisted upon them by the federal government. The “public option” that President Obama is calling for would be government abduction, one the American people simply can’t afford.
Today, the American VA Medical System is falling apart and government has turned a blind eye to the needs of our veterans. We have VA Medical Centers that, for various reasons ranging from inadequate funding to outdated facilities to just sincere system collapse are becoming more dangerous than ever before, certainly more so than these heroes deserve. Nearly 100 patients at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, for example, received botched radiation treatments, absolutely unacceptable care for the men and women who have bravely fought for our beautiful country. We need health care overhaul that reflects the diversity of our country and the principles of a fiscally responsible, limited government — the problem is we have yet to see a reflection of fiscal responsibility from the Obama administration.
The 47 million uninsured Americans do indeed deserve quality health care if they so choose, just not off of the backs of the American taxpayer. We literally cannot afford to sacrifice quality over quantity, and I fear that with Obama’s health care agenda the “public option” would bring in uninsured Americans to increase the insured numbers only to dilute the actual care received. A change hopelessly unconstructive.
The prescription for America must be written with transparency and responsibility. This starts with honest answers from our government to the questions and demands of its people. The leaders of our country must face our nation with the determination to improve our health care system, the understanding that big government does not have a place in dominating health care decisions and the resolve to provide adequate health care to all Americans in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner.
16-year-old Jesse Civello will, this fall, be entering his junior year at Cheltenham High School outside of Philadelphia. An avowed conservative and constitutionalist, his dream is to one day become a United States Senator. Jesse began writing for America’s Right in June 2009.