Monday, March 26, 2012

Obamacare: History in the Making

Today the Supreme Court will take up the issue of Obamacare and specifically the individual mandate. History is about to be made for at question is wheter the Supreme Court will strike down a President's signature achievement or will the allow Obamacare to stand and take away the rights of the people. For me, I believe the rights of the people far outweigh the Office of the Presidency. America is bigger then the President and not the other way around.

Sure I have heard the arguments that the Supreme Court are unelected. That of course is by design. The Supreme Court is an equal part of Government and not subservient to the President. I have also heard the argument that everyone uses health care so everyone must carry insurance. Let me remind folks that at one time people paid cash for their doctor's visits. Sometimes health care was provided in a barter system as the poor didn't have the means of which to pay. The Doctor didn't just cast the poor aside, he cared for them and allowed people to pay what they could afford. Now we have insurance to help defray some of the costs. Insurance that we choose to have or not. Obamacare mandates that we carry insurance. The fundamental problem is that insurance does not provide health care. Sure people will visit the emergency room and will have to be seen by a Doctor. My thoughts are with or without insurance people should be seen. The question becomes how to pay for the health care provided.

My thoughts are that individuals should be paying for the services rendered. The poor can be subsidized and in many cases they already are. What we don't need is for government to mandate an insurance monopoly. By forcing Americans to purchase a product and then mandating what that product entails is nothing more than a loss of freedom. No this is not the same as car insurance. We only need car insurance if we choose to register a car. We don't even need insurance if we don't register the car. I can drive any registered vehicle out there and not have to purchase insurance as long as the car is not registered to me. If I drive a friends car, his insurance will cover me for borrowing his vehicle. Additionally, if an American chooses not to have a car or a driver's license there is no need to purchase insurance. We only need insurance to have the priviledge of owning our own car.

Now I have been paying for health insurance for over thirty years. Very rarely have I used the insurance, but it was always there just in case something catastrophic were to occur. I could have paid cash for every doctor's visit I ever made. However becasue of the unknown, I choose to have insurance to cover the unexpected. Not everyone feels the same way. Some may feel that they can afford to pay on a per visit manner. Maybe once they are older responsiblty may change and they may desire to have insurance to cover later life health issues but when they are young they simply have to many other necessities to pay for. The young do not start out making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

What will happen if the Supreme Court either defers the issue until an individual is punished through a tax in the individual mandate or upholds the individual mandate as constitutional, we as Americans will be giving up our freedoms to ever choose again. While Justice Sonia Sotomayor scoffed at the idea that if the government could force an individual to purchase health insurance, what's to stop the government from mandating individuals to purchase broccoli, the idea that the government can force us to purchase a product is real in this case. If this mandate is upheld what is to stop the government from mandating we purchase a GM Volt? Afterall, there is a National Interest in ensuring GM remains viable and the volt is one product that would help the car manufacturer, which in turn will help commerce and the economy. If precedent is made and this law mandate is upheld there is no stopping our government. There will be no means of harnessing the power of Washington. If the Supreme Court doesn't do the right thing we will have lost our freedom forever. This is truly a historic moment; the decision of the Supreme Court will make history. Either we will allow a President to have his signature moment or we will remain a free country. A country for the people by the people. My question is as follows: Will we allow the government to be the Matrix or will we stop the government in its tracks? Our freedom lies at the feet of the Supreme Court.

2 comments:

Chris said...

I think the government has gone too far with this new healthcare law, directly infringing on small business owners’ ability to own and operate their business. The unconstitutional new mandates, countless rules and new taxes imposed on the healthcare law are to my mind job killers. Small businesses want healthcare reform — but not at the expense of their individual liberties. http://cashadvancesus.com/cash-advance-usa-online/

Chris said...

I think the government has gone too far with this new healthcare law, directly infringing on small business owners’ ability to own and operate their business. The unconstitutional new mandates, countless rules and new taxes imposed on the healthcare law are to my mind job killers. Small businesses want healthcare reform — but not at the expense of their individual liberties. http://cashadvancesus.com/cash-advance-usa-online/