I told you so

At the time in 2012 when I drafted this random thought to the local paper, I had just compared what I thought about Obamacare back in 2010 to the 2012 CBO update I had just reviewed. I hate it when I’m right, especially when I did my own homework on this while ignoring all the talking heads out there. The diatribe:

As I have stated since this monstrosity began taking shape, Obamacare has never been about healthcare. Obamacare is a freedom grab. The concept is very simple. If our federal government can compel us in the private or religious marketplace under force of law, what restraints exist to prevent that authority from expanding to other sectors of our lives? If we can’t make our own decisions, really how free are we? Obamacare and freedom are incompatible with each other.

Yesterday, the CBO updated their cost estimate of Obamacare. We were sold at $980B, “budget-neutral” if you recall in 2009. The real cost is now estimated at $1.72T (no surprise there..) so someone please explain how that is cheaper than “the system we have now”. If the feds were really concerned about making healthcare affordable, perhaps they’d consider eliminating burdensome regulations, reforming tort law, and easing the restrictions across state lines to begin reversing the “cost curve”. Take it a step further and allow for private lifetime policies independent of employer sponsorship. There will never be such a thing as an affordable single-payer system. Affordable and single-payer are incompatible with each other.

It’s easy to redefine freedom when you support the side taking it from us. What will you do when the power shifts to the other team and they start encroaching on things that you disagree with. That perspective is how this power grab should be evaluated, but unfortunately too many people are so blinded by their own partisanship that they fail to comprehend and acknowledge what’s really at stake. Instead they’re still arguing about healthcare.

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