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Obamacare and the government shutdown...we can do better


By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson

If you are wondering about the government shutdown, there are a few things you might want to think about. But to summarize it in a nutshell and provide everything you essentially need to know about “Obamacare,” consider that it’s good enough for us but it isn’t good enough for the ruling class or many of Obama’s cronies. Thousands of organizations have been granted waivers. The legislators and their staffs also got a special good tax payer funded carve out.

We, along with our physicians, have a basic right to make decisions about our healthcare. Government does not have the proper authority to tell us what sorts of treatments we should have, nor does it not have proper authority to tell physicians what sort of treatments they are to provide. Given the onerous crush of government in healthcare already, Obamacare, along with adding another expensive and wasteful bureaucracy, just makes this worse. For example, Medicare turns down more procedures than do insurance companies. Obamacare will fix that? This is nothing more than fantasy. And also tyranny.

Madison, in Federalist No. 57, said that Congress shall, “make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends , as well as on the great mass of the society...If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature... the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty.” Exactly. The laws that the ruling class writes for us and the regulations that they make us live under should be the same for everyone.

In and of itself, that is bad enough but there is far, far more that is spectacularly egregious as well. Before “Obamacare” polls told us that around 85 percent of Americans liked their healthcare plans and didn’t want to change them. But we were told that 15 percent or so didn’t have health insurance therefore we needed to revolutionize and overhaul the entire system. “Fundamentally transform America” don’t you know. Liberals, in their never ending quest for relevance, decided that the 15 percent who didn’t have healthcare were far more important then the 85 percent who did. Therefore, in the impossible search for perfection, virtually everyone loses control over how much insurance they buy, how much it will cost, where they can buy it, and over the physicians they wish to see. Of course we were all lied to and told that none of this would happen.

But it wasn’t even 15 percent who couldn’t afford insurance. Many could but simply chose not to. The real number, as data revealed, is closer to 7 percent. Even without insurance, people get healthcare by using Emergency Medical and Urgent Care Facilities. But the 7 percent were far, far more important then the rest of America it seems.

Moreover, “Obamacare” wasn’t even achieved honestly. The Senate’s Harry Greed, a stickler for following the rules, changed long standing procedures to pass this monstrosity with a simple majority. And Supreme Court Justice Roberts twists the Constitution on its head and declares this hijacking of American healthcare to be subject to a mere tax. Economist Tom Sowell says Roberts should be impeached for doing that. If only.

And in typical bipartisan fashion, bully Obama says he won’t compromise. The mainstream press, of course, brays like the Democrat dupes they are about Republican recalcitrance. Recalcitrance? Obama, out of the clear blue without authority, just decided to delay the imposition of “Obamacare’s” employer mandate for a year. The Republican response, in spite of defunding rhetoric, said fine, let’s also delay the individual mandate as well. Obama says he ain’t playin’ that game so he shuts the government down. A real compromising bipartisan fellow that Obama is.

One ought to ask a question about how all of this is affecting our economy. Most newly created jobs are part-time, that is under 30 hours a week, so employers don’t have to pay for healthcare costs they cannot afford. On the low end estimates indicate that two out of every three new jobs created is part-time. Others believe it is seven out of eight. Moreover, many jobs are being changed to part time to avoid the consequences of Obamacare. In and of itself, this ought to be reason enough to scrap this insanity.

The CBO says that between 20 and 65 million may lose their company sponsored healthcare. Around 800,000 jobs will also be destroyed they tell us. What our economy really illustrates is that the power and brute force of the marketplace can keep us marginally afloat even with Obama’s foolish economic policies and Obamacare itself.

More? Sure. Columnist Joseph Curl says the “health records no long will be private.” Bad enough? Unfortunately there is worse. “One of the questions you’ll soon be forced to answer (is) ‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners.’” Is this the business of the US government?

Obamacare, along with all of the rest of its demerits, is an assault on liberty and freedom. We can do better and we must. Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” One of our essential problems is that government does not fear us. We must take the necessary political action to change that.

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