Former Republican state rep. re-thinks views on ‘Obamacare’

Former state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has written an op-ed piece on how her recent personal experiences – including an insurance company cancelling her policy when she filed a claim – has caused her to re-think “Obamacare”. An excerpt:

Unfortunately, after years of self-sufficiency, I am now in a position to either take legal action or seek a handout — Obamacare.

This prompted an inward debate about Obamacare I have been unable to resolve.

I am a conservative Republican who believes in providing a future for myself without government involvement. I have been unemployed for nearly 14 months. Unable to collect unemployment and unwilling to take government assistance, I have spent nearly all my savings and, unless an employment option arrives, soon will be spending my retirement savings as well.

…If the Republican Party continues to fight Obamacare without offering an alternative, I fear the failure of my party is inevitable. The expectation of personal responsibility is being outweighed by the overwhelming number of unemployed voters, uninsured voters and, to be honest, voters without hope who are tired of being told to just hang in there a little longer because things will get better.

If the Democratic Party continues to provide everything for a voter without encouraging some personal responsibility, I fear a gap between taxpayers and beneficiaries will open so wide that our government will not be able to repair the financial damages.

While I do not support the premise of Obamacare, I can fully understand the frustration of the unemployed, uninsured American. I cannot judge those who choose to use the program, for I know exactly what it is like to need it.