"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"

Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My Argument Against Obama-Care

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

By The Lone Front Ranger

 

There are a lot of details in the current health-care legislation package that are frightening.  Take for example the mandatory counseling for older Americans advising them to do their patriotic duty and go quietly to their deathbed so that costs can be contained.   Or the provisions that will turn over health care decisions to government employees who do not necessarily have your health, wellness and longevity as their first priority.

I will leave the hashing out of those details to other analysts.  There are many writers, pundits and experts who have read through the wretched legislation and have pulled out all of the details for your review.  Thank goodness for the freedom of the press we still enjoy, that enables us to get this information.  But I am interested in the philosophy behind why government controlled health care is a bad idea.

As an American, you have the right to pursue the American Dream, as long as you are not initiating force against others to do that.  I can own a store, but I am not allowed to compete against a neighboring store by burning it down.  That would be initiating force.  But as a business owner, I can offer specials, discount my prices, and sell specialty products or anything else that will give me an edge.  I also get the choice on whom I want to hire, what I will pay them, and what benefits I offer.  If I don’t pay enough for the market, or offer lesser benefits, I will lose employees, or get less experienced employees.  The free market will determine this.  And I will live with the outcome.

I do not support, as a matter of principle, the idea that I should be forced to offer a particular benefits package to my employees.  (For those of you looking for consistency in my philosophy: No, I do not support a minimum wage law either.)  I have heard the argument on the other side:  “Americans have a right to health care.”  Sorry to break it to you, but no, we do not have a right to health care.  We have a right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  We do not have a right to free happiness.  Nor do we have a right to receive happiness.  There is no guarantee that everyone who pursues happiness will find it.  Some people are going to be unhappy, or unhealthy.  That is also their right as Americans.  And they can choose to do something about it.  Sound harsh?

Another unacceptable practice is for you to take my money to buy things for you.  The fact that the government collects it and re-distributes it doesn’t change the equation.  I don’t want my tax money going toward sculptures in parks, or to bail out banks, or to pay for other people’s lifestyles.  I don’t want to pay for anyone’s health care other than my own family’s health care plan.  I work hard for my money and I have not consented to pay for other families as well.  THAT is un-American.    

Likewise, I want to spend my money on what I want to spend it on.  I earned it.  If I want to buy a perfectly legal product, is it right to tell me I cannot buy it?  If I want to buy a pony, a luxury yacht, health insurance, or a kidney transplant operation, is it right to tell me I cannot?  It is my money.  The Federal Government does not have the right to tell me what I can and cannot buy with my legally acquired money.

If you agree with these points, than you cannot be in favor of Obama-care.   Do not allow this to happen.  Fight for what is right.

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