Looking for silver linings
After Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) the pundits have been giving their various opinions on whether there's a “silver lining” in it or not. You've heard them I'm sure. Things like, “now the opposition to ObamaCare will be energized!” or “Justice Roberts is playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers!”.
I've heard just a few statements from the “non-pundit” class that I will put more stock into than all the talking heads put together.
One was from a lady I know who saw me on the night of the decision and said, “Well, I guess you can take that Repeal ObamaCare bumper sticker off your car now.” What? I was astonished.“No”, I replied, “repeal is for the Congress, I might have taken it off if the court would have struck it down.” She was a bit flustered that she had it wrong but then continued on that she was just sick about hearing about it so much, “Won't it ever end?”
Now this was coming from someone who was not an ObamaCare backer, but then she wasn't active in seeking its repeal either. Just your average citizen living out her life and not wanting any pro or anti zealotry on anything intruding in on it. This is where most of us are, living our lives and not getting caught up in these “crazy” movements. And maybe behind the “Isn't it over?” attitude lies the assumption that once the Court rules whatever was before it becomes the law of the land forever. *See footnote below
This, I believe, is the “default” position of most of the electorate. Sure, a lot of us got involved and jumped on a bus to DC or Harrisburg, wrote letters to the editor, letters to our legislators. We are the exception. And we are the exception that holds a peculiar position. For the most part we are not pundits, not politicians, and not policy wonks. We are just like that lady, or any other person trying to live our life the best we know how. That makes us accessible. The news channels are being tuned out, hopefully we are not.
We are not talking heads or politicians repeating slogans and catch phrases. We're your neighbors, relatives, and friends and we don't have to talk in sound bites.
Why is ObamaCare bad for the nation, beyond the slogans
Before all the talk of rights, markets, religion, and compassion,... something very basic. It will not deliver the promised goods. Rates are going up and set to go higher. The Kaiser Family Foundation says the average price of a family policy has risen by $2,200 during the Obama administration. The Congressional Budget Office has raised its cost estimate for the law to $1.76 trillion over ten years.
Government intervention distorts the marketplace, to learn more about that you can attend our meeting this Friday. (And bring a friend!)
The reason healthcare became tied to jobs is a direct result of government intervention. And now government wants to fix the portability problem. A past speaker at a Lehigh Valley Coalition for Heath Care Reform event went over this. You can watch the video HERE.
There is the difference between a right and a government regulation. A right does not impose a fine (or is it now a tax?) on you. A right does not come between you and a person you contract with, be it insurer or the doctor. We all have the right to heath care, and always have.
Is ObamaCare the compassionate thing to do (WWJD)? Are we going to install the government as the “Good Samaritan” so we can feel good about ourselves when we cross to the other side of the street to avoid the unfortunate? And then there is the trampling of the religious rights of the church. If organized religion is not exempt from the reach of this law what is there to stop it from intruding on you own personal right of conscious? More available HERE
Can't we all just get along? (RIP Rodney King)
One other statement I heard after the Supreme Court decision was, “Why couldn't they all just compromise instead of all this strife?” To this I say that when you know something to be wrong, an abridgment of rights, a violation of religious freedom, and a financial disaster that will not deliver the promised goods... when you recognize all of that, what is there to compromise with?
*footnote - To that one just has to say, Dred Scott decision. Or if you want to be more recent, Roe v Wade, a court decision that settled nothing in a definitive matter. And even more current, the Kelo case where the court sided with the idea that taking your land to let developers create greater tax revenue for the municipality was a good idea.