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In My Opinion ... by Ron Phillips
In Oct. 31 Issue
Russell County News

Who’s gonna tell Grandma? Believe it or not, this is where we’re headed. Right now you, your family and your doctor are making the decisions on the medical treatment you or Grandma may receive, but when the federal government begins divvying out the treatment options, don’t be surprised if those options decrease, especially for Grandma or Grandpa.

A recent CNN poll revealed that the largest supporters of the Obama Healthcare Plan are young people. The poll noted that the older the person was that was being polled, the less popular the plan became.

Our youth think it’s great to finally receive “free” healthcare. Let’s face it, we have raised the “Me” generation.

Glenn Beck pointed out this week that we have done everything possible to shield our children from the realities of life. Our teachers have been told not to use red ink when grading papers, because red is too harsh. When we have contests, all of the participants receive a trophy, win or lose.

Sure, winning isn’t everything, but try telling the losers that! It is my opinion that we must prepare our youth for failure. Win they fail or come in second, they must understand that it is necessary to get back up, dust their selves off and try again.

Rewarding failure is not going to prepare them for their biggest challenge which is life itself! This is why history is so important. Do you think Thomas Edison got the light bulb right the first time? A year went by, and he didn’t even have a workable model to show his investors.

Edison was embarrassed and frustrated, but he did not give up! I’m sure glad he stuck with it, who about you?

Question? Why doesn’t everyone drive a Lincoln or a Cadillac or a BMW? The answer is simple for a normal thinking person. They are too expensive! Our government is trying to provide us with a Cadillac Healthcare Plan and we can’t even afford to buy Band-aids.

I fully understand that our healthcare costs are out of control, but all one has to do is look at the system. When people were required to pay most of their own medical costs, they were careful with their spending.

Doctors would work with their patients to provide affordable medical care.

Most insurances covered catastrophic healthcare costs such as hospital stays and major surgery.

Today, many insurance plans cover most anything except a $10 or $20 co-pay. Why worry about the cost, if you don’t have to pay it? The same question is being asked by many of the supporters of Mr. Obama’s Healthcare Plan. Why worry, it’s free!

A letter to the editor of Time Magazine was read this week by Glenn Beck. The letter read as follows…

“I had to wait through eight years of an administration that brought this country to the brink. Frankowski should sit down quietly while the rest of us get to the task of cleaning up Bush’s mess. Besides, this health-care debate isn’t about those over 30; it’s about the millions of uninsured, recently graduated young people saddled with loans we can’t imagine paying off, who are sick and tired of living in an abyss created by our elders’ stupidity.

Obama would be smart to focus on college towns. Step aside, grandma. We want health care and we want it now.”

While this letter should make your skin crawl, the healthcare bill has nothing to do with healthcare or the uninsured.

It is all about control. This is the catalyst for the federal government to seize control of all of us and tell us how we are to run our lives.

If this bill goes through, our country will not be able to bear its cost and our Republic will be no more. I pray to God that I am wrong!

May God bless…

Ron Phillips

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