Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Rick Perry says "No" to PPACA
On July 9, 2012, Governor Rick Perry announced his opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. To some, the Act passed by Obama is considered a "financial black hole." To others it means turning away the large population of uninsured people and leaving those less fortunate behind. My first reaction to Perry's blatant disregard for the plan was disbelief and irritation at how he could prevent 1.3 million Texans health care insurance. But, as all good things have a downfall, the PPACA is argued to cause a negative effect on the quality of medical care, despite its efforts to provide nationwide coverage. As a liberal, of course I would want to extend health care to those who can't afford it for themselves. However, this might mean the decrease in quality medical attention as well as increased taxes for American citizens, both of which would result in a heated response from the mass public. There is a fraction of my conscience that distrusts the government's ways at times, but it is possible that at this early stage in the implementation of the Act, it's difficult for citizens to see all of the benefits it can bring. As a student going into the medical field, it pains me to contemplate whether the poor quality of medical care is worth extending health care/insurance. There are those who are still able at this time to provide health insurance for themselves, but is helping one unhealthy person save money worth having poor medical attention for the people after them? I noticed that under the PPACA, the proceeding of medical operations could be controlled by the government despite the patient's ability to afford it. However, Texas' current health care laws, the option to proceed with the operation is not under the government's discretion. With the current health care laws now though, the ability to afford the operation is obviously the biggest inhibiting factor. We cannot deny that we rank fairly low nationally in health care and my instinct is for health insurance and access to be felt by all, but in the heat of this controversy, it's hard for me to stand firmly on one particular side.