Monday, February 7, 2011
Who is responsible for Obamacare? Mitt Romney? Mike Huckabee? Sarah Palin? ........?
There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that guarantees health care for it's citizens. I believe this was intentional. I think our fore fathers realized back then that certain issues regarding it's citizens should be delegated to individual states. In fact, if you think about it, individual states have the option and ability to pick-up where the U.S. Constitution leaves off. Under the 10th Amendment, states have the right to create laws that pertain to the safety and well being of it's citizens. Which brings me back to Obamacare.
There were a few states, that did tackled this issue. Among them, Massachusetts and Minnesota to name a few. Not enough states though took the initiative. Hence, Obamacare.
With the 2012 Presidential elections just around the corner and the issue of Obamacare being on most peoples front burners, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the top 3 potential candidates for President in 2012 and what their efforts were in their own states regarding health care needs.
It was obvious in Massachusetts that years of ignoring the problem and not coming up with solutions that create an atmosphere that supports a free market approach, had gotten us no where. Mitt Romney tackled this issue head on with a state government that was controlled by Democrats. He gave Massachusetts residents what they wanted without raising any taxes. His plan is still popular with 68% of it's citizens and is only responsible for less than 1.5% of the State's budget.
But what of Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee?
According to Gallup, these are the rankings out of the 50 states for having the least uninsured:
The following is what I found on Governors Palin and Huckabee and their efforts to meet the health care needs of their constituents. In my search of their administrations, I've found that they didn't do very much. What little I found, is listed below.
The Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council: The Council will advise the Governor and the Legislature on ways to effectively provide access to quality health care and to help reduce the costs of health care for Alaskans.
If you follow the link above to the Planning Council's website, you will find that they were disbanded not long after they were formed.
Arkansas Kids First Act: ARKids First allows children to receive regular medical checkups for uninsured kids
The Healthy Arkansas Initiative: This program aimed at improving the health of Arkansans through lifestyle changes.
If anyone knows of any other initiatives of either of the Governors, now is your chance to list them under comments for others to see. Only list initiatives that you can provide LINKS to the source.
Now I'm not laying any blame on Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee for Obamacare, but one has to wonder, if they and the other Governors had tackled their own state's health care needs, Would we find ourselves in the mess we're in today?