Terry Paulson

The coming of the Affordable Healthcare Act is just making matters worse! In response to Obamacare, many companies are having to reduce coverage and increase co-pays for employees, Some are canceling coverage for spouses, retirees and part-timers. Many small companies, the primary engine for job creation, have joined the "49er Club," companies that limit their employees to 49 to avoid having to provide the mandatory coverage. Even Obama supporter Warren Buffet has agreed that it should be dumped and suggests starting over.

A recent visit to the Reagan Presidential Library reinforced the contrast between Presidents Reagan and Obama. One wanted to reward economic growth, the other wants to tax and regulate it. One wanted to measure success by the number of Americans who no longer needed government help, and the other wants to create more government programs to "help."

Ronald Reagan, former union leader and a Democrat until 1962, shared his secret of success at the 1992 Republican Convention: "I appealed to their best hopes, not their worst fears. To their confidence not their doubts." President Obama seems convinced that today's Americans can't make it without government support.

Reagan loved to ask, "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?" As the "Affordable" Care Act comes into force, keep asking yourself that question. Like unions, big Democratic contributors, and politicians, you may soon be asking for waivers! But if you're not a politician or a big contributor, don't expect any relief.

If Republicans are ineffective in defunding Obamacare, you'll experience what happens when Obama's "transformation" takes full effect. Life is the best trainer and may very well be the best way to get America to reclaim our identity as the most exceptional free-enterprise country in the history of the world. It's time for a leader who actually believes in us!

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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