OPPOSING OBAMACARE TRANSCENDS
EVEN CONCERN ABOUT HEALTH CARE
Then the phones in senate offices started ringing off their hooks, and voicemail boxes filled to message-capacity, as people all over the country expressed their support for Cruz’s futile effort.
Dr. Ben S. Carson, the Johns Hopkins University professor of neurosurgery who has caused such a stir with his criticisms of the Obama Administration, writes in the Washington Times…
“Today, the freedom of Americans to control their own health care needs is being threatened by massive governmental interference. Those attempting to fundamentally change America are attempting to take control of the most important thing any of us possesses: our health.”
Pat Buchanan, the ever-cantankerous conservative pundit, writes on World Net Daily…
“If Obamacare is funded, the subsidies starting in January will constitute a morphine drip from which America’s health-care system will not recover. If not stopped now, Obamacare is forever.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger writes…
“Fear of ObamaCare is growing because a cascade of news suggests that ObamaCare is an impending catastrophe.
“Big labor unions and smaller franchise restaurant owners want out. UPS dropped coverage for employed spouses. Corporations such as Walgreens and IBM are transferring employees or retirees into private insurance exchanges. Because of ObamaCare, the Cleveland Clinic has announced early retirements for staff and possible layoffs. The federal government this week made public its estimate of premium costs for the federal health-care exchanges. It is a morass, revealing the law’s underappreciated operational complexity.”
You’ve heard about companies everywhere turning fulltime career jobs into 29-hours-per-week assistantships in order to avoid the onerous costs of insurance under Obamacare. You’ve heard about doctors getting out of the business or rejecting all insurance in favor of cash-only trade. You’ve heard there are communities that no longer have medical service available locally. And more, and more, and more.
And all of this stuff — and more — is true.
But even if it wasn’t, there would still be a good reason for opposing Obamacare. In fact, it’s the most crucial reason of all. The one that matters above all the others.
During Ted Cruz’s futile filibuster, Rush Limbaugh read a statement that was made by Sen. John Cornyn, Cruz’s fellow Republican senator from Texas, when Cornyn was running for office…
“If Obamacare is allowed to stand and Congress is allowed to make the purchase of government-endorsed health insurance compulsory — there will be no meaningful limit on Washington’s reach into the lives of the American people. That is certainly not what the Founders intended.”
This is the most important reason Obamacare must be defeated. The real reason. Never before has government had the authority — endorsed by the Supreme Court — to compel private citizens to engage in private business transactions. This is an unprecedented usurpation of power.
Despite what pro-Obamacare people will tell you, it is NOT the same as a state requirement that you must have auto insurance in order to drive. Driving is a licensed privilege. Living, on the other hand, is a natural right. But now the government can tell you that, by virtue of being alive, you must purchase health insurance.
Unless Obamacare is dismantled and the Supreme Court’s decision reversed, this precedent WILL be applied to a vast range of government mandates, and we WILL see the fundamental change Barack Obama promised in 2008. More than he promised, in fact.
If you doubt that, then merely consider the extent to which government already intrudes into our lives and the increasing rate at which new intrusions are introduced each year.
So…was Ted Cruz’s filibuster futile?
Time will tell.
It should be noted, however, that John Cornyn — the man who expressed the danger of Obamacare so clearly and succinctly — did not stand with his colleague from Texas. This so sadly illustrates the current condition of the Republican Party — the party that allegedly champions small government and individual freedom.
Cornyn’s example is not the saddest, however. John McCain, the man who put himself forward in 2008 as the alternative to Barack Obama, has taken up the old refrain about how dysfunctional government has become because of people like Ted Cruz.
After all his years of public service, John McCain — like so many others in government — can no longer tell dysfunction from principled resistance.
Call your senator or congressman.