Zionsville Times Sentinel

Commentary

February 5, 2014

Pragmatism lacking in politics

There's a reason I try to remain apolitical: It's easier on my blood pressure.

I'm not apathetic. I try to stay informed -- to a level I can tolerate. That level just happens to be very low.

Why, for instance, are my healthcare and health insurance needs being legislated? I'm a big girl; I can decide for myself if I want or need insurance, from whom I'll purchase it, what type of coverage I want or need, and all the other decisions that go along with taking care of my health -- or even ignoring it if that's my wish.

It is my body, right? Why do legislators -- most of whom have never met me or have an inkling who I am -- feel the need to tell me how to take care of it? Abortion falls into this category. I'm a parent, and I could never consider an abortion for myself unless the circumstances were extreme, such as my impending death if I continued to carry the fetus. But I don't believe a bunch of total strangers -- most of whom are men -- should tell me what I can or can't do with my body.

I understand some people can't afford healthcare or maybe aren't astute enough to make their insurance decisions, but there are agencies available for assistance if they don't have family members who can guide them. I don't pretend to understand the reasoning behind "Obamacare" or many facets of it. However, I know it's adversely affecting people close to me.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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