Many who oppose the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) believe that each person should be responsible for themselves – I’m responsible for myself and, therefore, I should not be asked to help pay for someone else’s health care.

Individual responsibility is a core American value, and I cannot think of anyone, either on the right or the left of politics, who thinks any differently. So let’s carry that value forward and see where it takes us.

I have a question for those who don’t want to pay for someone else’s health care – do you have health insurance? If you do, what is your justification for having health insurance?

I will bet that if you’ve used your health insurance, you have already cost more than you’ve paid out in premiums, and given that I have health insurance and haven’t had to use mine, I helped pay for you.

I really don’t mind helping you out – it is part of living in a civil society. But it is irritating to me that your hypocrisy supports decisions that leave my neighbors and family and thousands of Maine people I don’t even know without health insurance.

So if you are one of those who opposes the shared responsibility implied in the Affordable Care Act (and Medicaid expansion is part of that package), you really should drop your health insurance and cover your health care out of your own pocket. It is the morally right thing to do. Stand tall for your principles.

Jo Ann Myers



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