With each passing day, America slips further and further into the grip of socialism. I expect that both the House of Representatives and Senate will soon reach an agreement on the latest attack on our liberty, national health care. Although I’d like to think that Senator Webb and Warner would uphold their vows to our Constitution and vote against the bill, in the end, it is highly likely that both will toe the Democratic Party line. Sigh. I suppose that at some point our government must have been pretty decent. Then again, the Supreme Court finding a supposed right to privacy that allows you to kill your own children through abortion but doesn’t protect you from the intrusion of the government through the excesses of the Patriot Act makes just about as much sense in today’s society. It’s amazing what you can get away with when you interpret the phrase “general welfare” as liberally as possible while ignoring the 10th Amendment.
I have a confession to make. Like millions of Americans, I don’t have health insurance. Why don’t I, you may ask? The answer is simple. I cannot afford it. Although I have had health insurance in the past and will likely do so again in the future, my budget doesn’t allow it at the present. Well then, should I look to the government for assistance? Should I insist that the government take money out of your pocket and give it to me so that I too can enjoy the benefits of health insurance? Is that scheme unfortunately becoming the new “American way”? While we are on the subject, I have to wonder why we need health insurance for routine doctor visits. My understanding is that originally health insurance was used for major things like surgery, hospital stays, and the like. Using insurance for any health related issue under the sun makes about as much sense as requiring auto insurance for oil changes. As a result, this increased reliance on insurance has greatly spiked the health care costs in this country. Take it from me; to now seek medical assistance without it is tantamount to financial suicide. And when this legislation passes, if you choose to go without insurance, then the federal government can fine you? I’m starting to wonder, which side won the Cold War, liberty or statism? To borrow a phrase from Yakov Smirnoff, in Soviet Russia, insurance chooses you!
Now we can scream foul at the top of our lungs, but will our elected representatives hear our cry? Sure, some statesmen like Delegate Bob Marshall, Senator Mark Obenshain, and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are actively fighting for your rights, but the vast majority of politicians simply don’t care. After all, Washington insiders know what’s best for you and are more than happy to dictate policy. You agree, yes? Remember, Napoleon Obama is always right. Anyone who supports federalized insurance must be voted out of office and I encourage you to read Senator Obenshain’s recent article on the subject found in the Washington Times. Not only does socialism promote bad medicine through expanded bureaucracy and inflated costs, it also spawns bad governance.