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ObamaCare: selling hope and headaches

February 10th, 2011

When you ask people what the purpose of government is, you’re going to get a lot of different answers. “Government exists to protect its citizens,” or “government exists to serve the people,” or something along either of those lines.

What President Barack Obama plans to do with his health care plan is to do exactly that. He wants to help people who are short on the buck to pay for one thing that every human should be able to have under every circumstance: health care.

And for that, I give the president a good deal of credit. I do believe that America should work for a social health care system which would provide benefits for those who cannot afford it.

People will blow the whistle on this undertaking as over-the-top government spending, and putting something that is too important into the hands of the inept bureaucracies of the federal government.

But don’t we trust the government with perhaps the most basic and important service of all? National defense has been run by the government for the entirety of this great country’s existence.

Now I do understand that it is a different situation when it is such a personal decision as picking your own doctor, but to say that the government is inept in running a national health care system is a little over the top.

But as soon as the government asks, rather tells us, you must buy what they are selling, that’s when it becomes over the top.

The government serves one purpose and that is to serve the people. Obama wants to make it mandatory to have health insurance, just like it is mandatory to drive with car insurance. If you don’t have health insurance, either private insurance or government, then the feds will pin you with a fine.

I don’t care if it’s 10 dollars or 10 thousand dollars, if you force me to buy something that isn’t entirely necessary, then that’s where you go wrong, Mr. Obama.

The government treads on personal freedoms when it forces you to participate in commerce. The government is given the power to tax in the constitution, but they are not given the power to make people participate in the economy. What if the government went out and told you to buy a car, or else it’s going to impose a fine that costs you half of what that car would have cost you?

It’s comparable to England imposing taxation without representation on America in colonial times.

ObamaCare has many pros: it’s going to allow people with pre-existing conditions to receive health care, and it’s going to help make health care more affordable.

So far, the case has come up in four federal courts across the nation. Predictably, two Democratic judges deemed it constitutional, and two Republican judges deemed it unconstitutional. Hopefully what needs to change will change, and progress can be made on an issue that needs addressing in order to help further us along to our ever-present goal: making America better.