Jamie Freeze Baird
An open letter to Obama
By Jamie Freeze Baird
August 12, 2009

Dear President Obama (info@barackobama.com),

I have kept myself abreast on the ongoing process of health care reform and your efforts to make health care affordable and accessible to everyone. I, for one, would love to see health care available to everyone; however, I have deep concerns about the current legislation in place that is supposed to accomplish this goal.

After watching your address (Aug. 8, 2009) which I found at http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/obamaforamerica/gGMPPC, I appreciated your efforts to dispel the rumors and untruths about the legislation, but I still have some remaining questions that I feel need to be answered.

You mentioned in the video clip (nice tie by the way) that there was a lot of opposition to the legislation by groups who would like to exploit the process. Of course, being a former senator, I'm sure you are well aware of the role of special interests groups like the AARP, pharmaceutical industries, etc. It bothers me that you mentioned AARP's endorsement of the legislation along with the close partnership with pharmaceutical companies to ensure lower drug costs. My question is this, in an effort to avoid special interest meddling in this health care reform bill (after all, special interest groups have long been accused of standing in the way of health care reform) have we actually allowed special interests to produce this reform bill? If so, I seriously call into question your promise of change from the same old Washington politics.

You also mentioned that there are only two approaches to health care reform: the status quo and this current reform bill. As a recent college graduate, my professors stressed thinking outside of the box. Have we thought about free market reforms instead of government-assisted/subsidized reforms? Is it possible to reduce government interference in health care and possibly have a better health care system? Perhaps we can reduce the burden of health insurance by establishing health savings accounts. Once the demand for our current system of health insurance falls, the companies will become more competitive, thus leading to overall price decreases. I didn't major in economics, but I did learn the basics of supply/demand economics by working retail in order to pay for my college education.

As a recent college graduate who is incurring large amounts of debt to attend law school this fall, I am deeply concerned about how we will pay for this health care reform. Given that I am only twenty-one, I have at least forty years left as a taxpayer. I would rather not spend the next forty years paying back debt to the government. Rather, I'd like to stimulate the economy by purchasing products and services. You promised not to raise taxes on the middle class. I'm middle class. So if you aren't going to tax me, who will you tax? Or did my parents lie and money really DOES grow on trees? You can't tax the poor (or can you?) so that leaves the rich. I fail to see how Robin Hood tactics of taxation will help the economy, but if you can explain this to me, I would love to hear it. As it stands, I am opposed to your health care reform. However, I have an open mind that is capable of following reasonable, logical arguments. So Mr. President (or whichever intern is writing the response), will you answer my questions? Give me some change I can believe in.

© Jamie Freeze Baird


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Jamie Freeze Baird

Jamie Baird received battlefield experience in the war of ideology while attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, she served as Vice President of the College Republicans and was the lone conservative opinion columnist for The Carolinian, UNCG's student newspaper. After surviving college without becoming a liberal, she graduated in 2009. Jamie received her Master of Arts in Government, with certification in Law and Public Policy from Regent University in 2011, where she was also active in the College Republicans. You can contact Jamie at jamiebaird12@gmail.com with questions, comments, rants, and snide remarks.


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