The reason Obamacare won’t die, and that Ryancare can’t win, is that you cannot reconcile socialism and liberty — not in medicine, and not anywhere.
Liberal Republicans reportedly won’t accept an all out repeal of Obamacare for the same reason Democrats don’t — because it reduces Medicaid.
This whole debate over Obamacare always was, and remains, about Medicaid expansion. Medicaid rests on the premise that government owes everybody health care, and that health care is a right with which you’re born. It’s socialist. If you’re open about your socialism, as most Democrats are now, that’s one thing. But you can’t claim to be a “free market, limited government” Republican while still upholding socialism, on the other hand. That goes for Donald Trump, or for anyone.
The only way to uphold or restore freedom in medicine is to uphold freedom, liberty and individual rights in general. Like it or not, you socialist Democrats and phony free market Republicans out there, socialism and liberty are total opposites. If you insist that health care is a right, then you’re also insisting that somebody else be forced to pay for it. That means the person getting the free health care has extra liberty, and that you or I, or whoever pays for it, has less liberty. There’s just no getting around it.
Last time I looked, the 13th Amendment rules involuntary servitude as against the law in America. If involuntary servitude is wrong and illegal, as well as against the Constitution, then by what right do we uphold Medicaid in the first place, much less the Medicaid expansion required first by Obamacare, and now the failed Ryancare?
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Socialism is socialism. Force is force. Liberty is liberty. There’s no evading this fact. If you think this is too extreme or over the top, then ask yourself why we can’t get rid of Obamacare. There’s your answer.
A handful of Republicans are pro-liberty. They are the thin red-white-and-blue line who stood up to the disgusting swamp in Washington DC, represented this time not by Obama and the Democrats but by Paul Ryan and the sadly mistaken Donald Trump, on this issue. These Republicans might not go all the way, like I’m doing here, but they’re pretty darn close. They are the ones who want to eradicate Obamacare, who refuse to accept the phony Ryancare, and who want to move toward a free market in medicine. They are a minority. But sometimes the minority is right. And the minority does sometimes win. It was a minority, after all, that got the United States of America started, way back when.
I don’t know when or if we’ll have liberty and freedom in medicine, in my lifetime or ever. But I do know one thing: If it ever happens, it will only be once these arguments prevail.
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