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Insurance Cost Reduction?

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I've been listening to doom and gloom reports about the rising costs of healthcare coverage since the Affordable Care Act was passed.  Today I read an article in the New York Times that says that costs are expected to drop as much as 50% for individuals seeking coverage, due to increased competition now that affordable rates are promised and insurers see a widening market.  Of course these remarks were made by prominent Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Supporters of the Affordable Care Act credit a reduction in rates to the online purchasing exchanges created by the new law.

Although somewhat more conservative than I was in the days of my youth, I have often hoped for an overhaul of our healthcare system -and perhaps even a replacement with universal healthcare.  But, as parts of the bill become reality, I now question whether or not government should be that involved in our health care system, especially as evidenced by things such as forcing Catholic employers to pay for "morning after" pills as a required part of their insurance or possibly even abortions in some cases.  As a Christian, I have a big problem with those things and can understand why some have chosen to draw a line in the sand and say "enough is enough."  I don't necessarily think the entire law is bad; in fact, I like a great deal of it.  However, there are parts that I hope we will see the ability to 'opt out' be included.

Sure there's things I like a great deal that have the potential to benefit myself and my family, but at what price?   I try to keep an open mind, especially concerning politics, but am becoming increasingly wary of bigger and bigger government and more intrusion into our lives.

Perhaps we can work on becoming less polarized in our partisan viewpoints and find some middle ground on which we can meet and make this work for our beneift as a people.
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