Obamacare harms individual rights

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness … ” 

These immortal words from the Declaration of Independence embody the founding virtues of the United States of America. For decades upon decades, they have stood at the heart of all that we hold our nation to be, all that we do to govern it.

But now something new has entered the equation: the U.S. government wants to get bigger, sometimes at the expense of these values. It wants more power for itself. And one of the newest tools in its quest is the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

How, one may ask, does Obamacare make the government more powerful? The answer is simple: it gives the government control over the healthcare distribution system, and at the cost of individual rights.

One of the more controversial aspects of the law is the so-called “individual mandate,” the part of the law that requires every U.S. citizen to have health insurance or pay a fine. In the days before this legislative monstrosity, one could take the risk of not having health insurance and save policy money. Now, if someone doesn’t, then they’ll have to pay a fine–or a tax, as Chief Justice John Roberts, the man responsible for upholding the law in the Supreme Court, called it (funny, I seem to remember Obamacare supporters saying that it is absolutely not a tax).

Supporters of the law say that the mandate is necessary, that there is no other way to ensure that hospital patients pay their medical bills. They say that an uninsured person can get medical care, and if they can’t pay, or refuse to pay, the fee for their care, they can get away with it. I say that this is absolutely ridiculous. If a patient doesn’t pay for their care, they should either be forced to show that they can’t afford it, in which case the government would pay for their care, or they should be fined by the government and the revenue could be given to the hospital or place of care. Responsible uninsured patients should not be punished for the actions of those who refuse to pay.

With the individual mandate, U.S. citizens lose one of their individual rights — the right to choose if they want health insurance or not. The government now forces its citizens to get health insurance. What part of ‘Liberty’ did Mr. Obama not get when he signed Obamacare?

Liberty isn’t the only one of the three virtues mentioned above that is under attack. The “Pursuit of Happiness” is being challenged by Obamacare, as well. Before the law took effect, President Obama said that Americans who liked their health care plan could keep it when the law was operational. The law took effect, and so did policy cancellation notices. The recipients of those notices weren’t pursuing happiness very well when they found out about that little accident, I’d wager.

Also, many people who would have gone without health insurance otherwise and been fine with it are now turning around and wondering why their wallet seems to have lost some of its happiness and then seeing their new government-mandated insurance bill. And, of course, let’s not forget about those people who have tried to purchase health insurance from the brand-new Obamacare website, only to see it crash or otherwise malfunction while they were trying to obey the law and buy their newly government-mandated insurance. Absolutely joyous.

That’s another thing about this hulking bureaucratic mess that bothers many Americans — the website. Ever since it was launched, problems have plagued Obamacare’s website, preventing people from properly using Obama’s solution to all of America’s health insurance problems. The low enrollment numbers for the first month of Obamacare sign-ups are evidence of this.

Obamacare is meant to provide health insurance to those who can’t otherwise afford it, but if that’s the case, why require everyone to buy coverage? Why not just provide a welfare-style government insurance package to those who need assistance and leave it at that? That idea might have saved some time for the people who work on the Obamacare website, at the very least.

 

The Affordable Care Act is an abysmal behemoth of pure

 

governmental overreach that threatens every citizen of the

 

United States of America, as well as the entire American health

 

care system. Obama may care, but being in his care obviously

 

isn’t a very good thing.