Term Paper: Propositions That Pertain

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[. . .] If the true outcome of ObamaCare was intended to be that everyone get insured, the penalty would (and should) be a lot higher, even with the concerns about Commerce Clause violations. Free riders are a problem in healthcare but ObamaCare falls short on addressing that and this perhaps points to there being ulterior motives to the legislation.

As for the second supposition, there is a fine line between extending mercy and help to those with temporary hardship and enabling behavior. Many people point to the 99 ers and way that they truly cannot find work. The author of this paper finds that statement extremely dubious based on personal observations and experience and this is inclusive of areas with putrid job markets and also during recessionary periods. Case in point are people who exhaust 99 weeks of unemployment and then file for Social Security Disability. If a disability truly existed, the question has to be asked why the person was not already on SSD (or at least applying for it). However, the news cycle has clearly articulated that many people are doing that and this is an extremely huge red flag to the point that it indicates that people are knowingly and unapologetically gaming the system.

To use this prism on ObamaCare, extending the age at which parents can insure their adult children to 26 is a head-scratcher because people of that age should be self-sufficient and expanding government regulation to coddle that ill attempt to be self-sufficient when they generally can and should be is a bit off-base. Making the argument that bachelor degree-education students cannot find a job in their field either speaks to a person that chose the wrong field or someone that is imposing too many limitations on themselves. Extending the age of coverage for people that can (and should) be on their own and making their own way just makes things worse. That being said, Kahlenberg (2008) noted that existing policy can (and should) be improved. That being said, perhaps the legislation was entirely too rushed given that 85% of the population in the United States already had coverage (Kingdon).

As for the use of the filibuster and how many people deride it, it is perhaps sorely needed based on what has happened in a few instances. A great example of this was ObamaCare. Through the process or "reconciliation," the Congress was able to pass ObamaCare in the Senate in avoidance of the filibuster because budget bills that are not a drain to the deficit do not require a 60 vote margin (enough to break a filibuster), but rather a simple majority. However, to say that ObamaCare will not be a drain over the long haul is specious given that the taxes kicked in immediately (in 2010) but much of the benefits and provisions do not become active until 2013. When one has seven years of major expenditures and ten years of revenue, the overall burden to break even becomes a lot easier to meet. That, coupled with the fact that the votes of Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson were effectively bribed for (through Medicaid or similar provisions) just proves that legislative levers like the filibuster (among others) should probably be increased in their power and efficacy rather than reduced or eliminated.

Conclusion

Public policy is an art and a science but it is too often left to pandering, insanely biased perspectives or statements and the entire process is polluted. Some may denounce the gridlock of the current United States government, but gridlock is not necessarily a bad thing. It is clear that policy in this country has been based more on pandering and coddling instead of spending money we actually have and in a common sense manner and if that problem is not address immediately through best practices and what does (and does not) provably work, the consequences are going to get more and more nasty.

Works Cited

Hacker, Jacob. "The Road to Somewhere: Why Health Reform Happened." Perspectives on Politics 8.3 (2010): 861-876. Print.

Kahlenberg, Richard D.. Improving on No Child Left Behind: getting education reform back on track. New York: Century Foundation Press, 2008. Print.

Kingdon, John W.. Agendas, alternatives, and public policies. Updated 2nd ed. Boston: Longman, 2011. Print.

NYSHealth. "Analysis of Five Health Insurance Options for New York State." NYS Health Foundation 1.1 (2009): 1-45. Print.

Sabatier, Paul A.. Theories of the policy process. 2nd ed. Boulder,… [END OF PREVIEW]

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