Obama got his health care reform bill signed today and it only took a year, the opposition of a majority of Americans, bribery, arm-twisting, back-room deals and zero transparency to get it done. I’ve never claimed to be a genius, but given the shady nature of this whole process I don’t understand why this is a “good thing” for America. (Plus, guess who’s exempt from ObamaCare mandates?)
I’ve simply had it. I am actually scared for our nation. If this thing goes, it’s game over. I am beyond the point where I care about alienating anyone–including family–because of this. This is my childrens’ future.
What a small shred of people cannot understand is that this is not about health care! I will say it again: This is not about health care. It is about the expansion of government. It is about creating a welfare state from the cradle to the grave. It is about Big Brother holding sway over even the minutest aspects of daily living. Arguably, everything we do affects our health. If (when) the government is suddenly the one in control of divvying out health care, they will do so solely upon the basis of controlling costs. As such, they will see each of us as nothing more than a dollar sign. And certain segments of the population will be more “cost effective” than others. For example, it’s cheaper to have an abortion than a baby. It’s easier to pull the plug than to give someone life prolonging treatment. The unborn, the disabled, the elderly, the chronically ill–all these groups will be the hardest hit. This legislation will drive doctors away in droves, and rationing will inevitably occur.
Reform is needed, but this leviathon of a bill addresses none of those things that would have truly reformed our system without taking over 1/6th of the economy and sacrificed our individual liberties. (Tort reform? Being able to purchase insurance across state lines? True competition among insurance compancies would lower premiums faster than anything. It would solve the problem for those who can’t get insurance because of a preexisting condition.)
With the signing of this bill, the Democrats have effectively taken the first step in turning our nation’s healthcare system into the DMV. Break out the champagne!
One of the most interesting aspects of this entire issue to me is the one of liberty and self-determination. ObamaCare undoubtedly will put a bureaucrat in the middle of patient and doctor. It will do more to erode these basic, foundational American ideas than anything else we have seen.
Give me liberty or give me death! This is America!
One comfort? We will not go down without a fight. This legislation and its mandate to buy insurance is unconstitutional. It is a direct violation of state sovereignty and states’ rights. It will be challenged in the courts.