Obey Obama’s Health Regime or Pay the Price

“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project, most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.” ~Ronald Reagan

“We have to pass the [ObamaCare] bill so that you can find out what is in it.” ~ former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2009, pushing for the passage of ObamaCare

Well, Democrats did indeed pass ObamaCare, on a party-line vote, in the middle of the night, on Christmas Eve, after months of threats, arm-twisting, and open bribery, and over the last half decade or so we have indeed found out what was in it. We now know that the “in it” amounted to a giant, teeming, fetid cauldron of government-mandated, top-down, force fed, command-and-control socialized medicine where government bureaucrats, rather than doctors and patients, get to decide what kind of treatment you get.

By every objective measure, ObamaCare has been an unmitigated disaster. Contrary to Obama’s promise that “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” (a necessary lie, according to ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber, because the American people are stupid), or that it would “bend the cost curve down”, or save the average family $2500 annually in health insurance premiums (ObamaCare costs have skyrocketed), the reality is that his disastrous signature legislation has added trillions to the national debt, driven health care costs through the roof, made health care more unaffordable, and reduced access to doctors. More than half of the ObamaCare CO-OP’s have gone bankrupt and failed, and the nation’s largest insurance providers are pulling out of ObamaCare.

On the bright side (if you are a fan of big government), it has created jobs for thousands of government bureaucrats, empowered the IRS to intrude into the most intimate aspects of your life, and added tens of thousands of pages (more than 20,000 pages in just the first three years after passage) of new federal regulations, and placed the federal government in charge of your health care.

What could possibly go wrong? Glad you asked! Because, as they say when hawking snake oil on the “As Seen On TV” commercials…”But wait…there’s MORE!” Now the government is once again trying to penalize every American who does not get on board with the Left’s idea of good health policy.

In 2012, liberals mocked Justice Antonin Scalia for bringing up broccoli during oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the individual mandate (NFIB v. Sebelius). Justice Scalia noted that if the government’s argument regarding the legitimacy of the individual mandate could apply to health insurance, then surely the same argument could be applied to food, which is a more immediate need for every human than health insurance.

Said Scalia, “Could you define the market — everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so you define the market as food, therefore, everybody is in the market; therefore, you can make people buy broccoli…”. Socilitor General Donald Verilli tried to dismiss the comparison as inaccurate, yet now we see Scalia was exactly right. For if the government controls health care, and therefore is responsible for health care costs, then it has an obligation to keep costs down, which it will accomplish by dictating the diet and exercise choices of every American, and do so in very unexpected, intrusive ways.

As recently reported in BuzzFeed, and expounded on by the National Review, the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) finalized last month new regulations for employers in an effort to get America’s tens of millions of employees to comply with the federal government’s vision of health:

“Sometime next year, you may hear about a new way to save money on your health insurance. To get the discount, you and your spouse have to join your company’s voluntary “wellness program,” the kind that typically promotes exercising more or losing weight.

As part of signing up, you’re both asked to share your blood pressure, weight, diseases you’ve had and have, and your medical records, which may include the results of any genetic tests. But if you don’t want to fill out a questionnaire or get medically screened? You won’t qualify for the discount.

Or your premiums could go up by hundreds or thousands of dollars.”

With the ObamaCare law, the federal government can now force Americans to buy a product (health insurance) whether they like it or not. It can force Americans, under threat of a financial penalty, to follow its declared regime for diet and exercise. It has already disrupted employment dynamics through the individual and employer mandates, which has led to higher unemployment and more Americans forced to work part-time. And government has tried to force Christian-owned businesses to fund abortion, and Catholic nuns to provide birth control.

These are not the things that occur in a free country. These are the things that happen in countries where the people are slaves to their government. Yet the political Left assures us it knows better than we do what is good for us, and that their compulsion is for our own good.

Or, as C.S. Lewis perfectly describe such situations, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”


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