- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This week, I received a rebate on my health insurance premium because the Affordable Care Act has regulated BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and every health care insurer in the country. Experience tells me I’ll repay that vote-buying gesture and much more under this new legislation, so I’ve chosen to invest that rebate in America’s future by donating half to Mitt Romney’s campaign for president and half to Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative Fund.

Ironically, Obamacare has given me funds to help elect those who can repeal the federal government’s takeover of our health care industry, 16 percent of our gross domestic product. I encourage others who receive this rebate to help turn this country in the right direction. We should support those who believe less government is better government, who have respect for our Constitution and who practice fiscal restraint with our tax dollars.

The 2012 election will echo a profound choice for our country and perhaps the world: Do we want more socialism or more free enterprise? To quote Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” As our country teeters on the brink of succumbing to the failed European model, we must support the candidates who will stop this downward spiral.

DEB WELCH

Hilton Head Island, S.C.