Congress is on break during the month of August, giving them time to discuss matters, like health care reform, with the citizens they represent. President Obama’s Health Care Reform Plan, that is trying to cut costs and give more Americans health care, is claimed by many to be inefficient because they say there’s no way to pay for it.
“Not a big fan, actually. Mostly because I don’t believe our country can afford the road they are taking us down. We’ve been spending a lot of money here lately, and the money their trying to spend here lately is no where to be found, that I can see,” says Riley.
Mark Riley is President Elect of the South Carolina Assoication of Health Underwriters, and he joined other members of the SCAHU, the Independent Insurance Agents Association and the National Association of Independent Financial Advisors more than a week ago to rally against the bill.
Riley says the SCAHU hears that they are being self-serving and looking after their own jobs, but he says they represent the interest of the businesses throughout South Carolina, not themselves.
“Most of the reasons why we oppose this plan, is what it’s gonna do for the small businesses in America. I’m not sure that most people are aware of what’s coming down the road at them,” says Riley.
And Riley says that road is more debt. As the Obama Administration throws around the number 47 million Americans that do not have health insurance, Riley says that number is not accurate when considering the circumstances. He says about 30 percent of the 47 million have the ability to be on a government plan, like medicaid, that’s just never taken the time to apply.
“There’s about 9 or 10 million illegals in our country who are also counted in that piece, and another part of it is there’s a whole bunch of people in what I like to call the “bulletproof generation,” the 18 to 30 year old guys out there who think, “well, I’ve got no reason to spend $300 a month on health insurance, I’m healthy and nothing’s gonna happen to me,” says Riley.
Riley says when you take these people out of the picture, there’s only about 9 million who truly need health insurance. He says that is still quite substantial, but much less than the Obama Administration claims.