As much as I dislike insurance companies, I dislike what I am hearing about Obama's health care plan even more.
As a Conservative, it disturbs me deeply whenever I hear of any government plan that essentially denies anyone their Constitutional right to liberty.
Obama's health care plan will virtually outlaw insurance companies.
Additionally, it will force Americans into a Government run health care system whether they would personally choose such a system for themselves and their families or not.
This, as I say, is blatantly unconstitutional.
This is a perfect example of the classic Liberal notion that we American citizens are too stupid to know what's best for us, so the Government must make that decision for us.
I have mentioned my dislike for insurance companies before, but even I would not think of denying them the right to exist.
I don't even like the government requiring me to buy car insurance under penalty of law, so one can imagine how opposed I would be to any kind of national health insurance.
It's not that I don't think auto insurance is a necessity. I do, but mandating the purchase of it, in my opinion, violates basic human rights outlined in the Constitution of the United States.
I could do a whole blog post on the subject. In fact, I have. And here, also.
And so, I admit I have mixed feelings about this health care plan. On the one hand, I would personally like access to free health care. And, I'm not so sure Obama's plan wouldn't work, even though efforts to implement such plans have always failed when attempted elsewhere. Perhaps those who engineered the plan for him have managed to perfect the system, although, if Obama's history of choosing incompetent advisors and aides is any indication, they haven't.
Anyone who thinks I am wrong about his plan to outlaw private insurance, take notice. As early as page 16 of the health care bill now being debated, is this paragraph:
Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.
That's legislature speak for: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
The linked article goes on to say:
The nonpartisan Lewin Group estimated in April that 120 million or more Americans could lose their group coverage at work and end up in such a program. That would leave private carriers with 50 million or fewer customers. This could cause the market to, as Lewin Vice President John Sheils put it, "fizzle out altogether."
What wasn't known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law.
Stepping away from my own self interest, I have to say:
No one, not even Government, has the right to take away any free market business' right to operate their business as they see fit.
Stepping back to my self interest, I don't want anyone, not even the government, telling me how I should choose to spend my health care dollar.
They don't even have the right to deny me my right to be stupid, if I want to be stupid. I reserve the right to refuse health care. If I want to suffer and die without ever seeing any medical professional, that is my Constitutional right.
This isn't about whether we have a right to health care or not, which, by the way, we don't.
It's about our inherent and constitutional right to choose how we want to live our individual lives.
Then, there is the point about the natural consequences of free health care for all, which I mentioned in a recent post:
Crowded waiting rooms and long waits for treatment, among other things. Not to mention the increased likelihood of misdiagnosis, due to rushing through examinations because of time constraints on the medical professionals.
More patients, less time to be thorough.
Personally, I am quite healthy, although I have some health issues with which I will eventually have to deal. Some day, I will need immediate health care.
Right now, I can wait for medical examinations. I don't have an immediate need for any prescriptions. I will not suddenly drop dead for lack of immediate health care. Knock wood.
Many people, notably senior citizens, don't have that option. They need care immediately.
Then, there's this, from Obama's own black heart:
Did you hear and understand what Obama said in this video? "Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe, you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the pain killers."
He wants the government to decide who lives and dies.
Is this what you want for your grandparents? Is this what you want for yourself should you reach the point when Obama determines you have outlived your usefulness?
Obama has made it clear that he believes senior citizens, and those younger people with terminal diseases are, due to their advanced age and stages, past the point of saving. Therefore, he has suggested the government will save some money by simply not treating the aged and infirmed, except to dull the pain with pain killing drugs.
In other words, he believes saving the lives of some people isn't worth the cost and effort needed to do so.
Euthanasia is just around the corner. How could it not be?
He has yet to specify at what age we officially outlive our usefulness to society, but I'm sure eventually, once his plan is adopted into law, he will make his wishes known on that subject.
But, as I said, that doesn't specifically concern me personally. Yet. But, I'm not getting any younger.
But that leads me to ask, "What's next?" Eliminate the mentally challenged? How about those with Down's Syndrome? Is Sarah Palin's baby in danger?
Will Obama make "Welcome to the Monkey House", and "Soylent Green" a reality?
We already know he plans to grant late term abortion rights, on demand, to anyone who feels the least bit inconvenienced by an unexpected, and/or unwanted baby.
What were his words? Oh yes. "Punished with a baby".
Now, it seems simply being old or chronically sick will be justification enough for these Mengele-worthy "progressive" changes.
OK. Those are just a couple of thoughts I have about Obamacare.
But, what all this boils down to, whether the information we have about it so far is accurate or not, is this:
This is undoubtedly an unprecedented reach for power and control on the part of Obama.
It really isn't about a "failing health care system". It really isn't about "leveling the playing field". It isn't even about making sure all Americans have affordable health care.
Obama and his lackeys in Congress don't really care about Americans health or ability to pay for health care.
It is really all about a Marxist control of Government which will ultimately lead to the destruction of a free America.