Some more things to chew on about Obamacare and governmental lawlessness

Still working my way through a backlog of legal and other writing work, so the best I can do is to give you a heads up about a few other articles I found interesting.  All of these came courtesy of Earl, and all address Obamacare.

First, Earl sent me a Reason article saying that, when Obamacare implodes, Republicans should stand ready to give the free market a chance.  I couldn’t agree more.  And the important thing to remember in that regard is that the free market hasn’t functioned in the world of medical care since the mid-1960s, when Johnson introduced Medicaid and Medicare.  Both of those entitlements swiftly perverted the market and created America’s e enormous debt burden.  Indeed, Avik Roy puts a little perspective on things by showing that Obamacare, rather than being an entirely new socialist burden, is simply the icing on the government entitlement cake.  The system was collapsing anyway and Obamacare, rather than “bending the curve,” will only hasten the system’s wholesale collapse.  This means that Leftists are on to something when they say conservatives are being unduly hysterical.  They understand that Obamacare is simply more of the same, rather than a whole new system.

My sense is that Republicans, with their usual knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory will be caught utterly flat-footed when the system does break under its own weight.  Rather than having a free-market plan at the ready, they will out-shriek Democrats when it comes to creating yet another government monstrosity to repair the disaster.  Rahm Emanuel may have said that one should never let a crisis go to waste, but it’s the Republicans that have put a spin on it:  never let a crisis be used to advance liberty and the free market.

Speaking of the free market, have you ever heard of Samaritan Health-Care Ministries?  It’s an absolutely fascinating group whereby its members help each other.  It’s predicated on faith, honesty, and generosity, all of which are alien to a government program, and antithetical to a society that causes Disneyland to shut down its line-skipping benefits for handicapped people,  because so many fully-abled people were cheating.  The question is whether Samaritan Health-Care Ministries can survive Obamacare?  This is because Obamacare does nothing to incentivize price cuts in the free market, and does everything to make more people dependent on having others pay their way — without any reciprocating obligations.  It’s those reciprocating obligations that are so important to gratitude, moral fiber, and honesty . . . and that are so at odds with the impersonality of government largesse and the sense that people can demand their “rights” rather than count their blessings.

I have to comment upon all of the liberals I know on Facebook who are complaining that what the House is doing is unconstitutional because “Obamacare is the law.”  They all seem terribly surprised when I point out to them gently that it’s entirely constitutional for the House to have the power of the purse.  Moreover, they are slumguzzled when I note that the Founders probably gave the House this power because it is called the “House of Representatives” for a reason.  It’s members serve for much shorter terms than Supreme Court justices (life terms), executives (minimum 4 year terms) and Senators (minimum 6 year terms).  This means that, if people are not pleased with the decisions made by those bodies that cannot easily be booted, they can make their displeasure known through the House, where new representatives can be rotated in every two years.  Additionally, unlike the other branches of government, the House of Representatives mirrors population.  This is why it’s got the power to put the brakes on schemes cooked up by members of the other branches of government who are elected or appointed in numbers unrelated to the American population, and who have job security unrelated, or less related, to their immediate conduct.

Summed up, the Founders made it very clear that, no matter the laws passed, the ultimate power lay with the body most close to the people.  After all, he who pays the piper calls the tune.

And, on a completely different topic, Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio is out of prison.  He was sent there for engaging in unethical practices, but he said all along that he was set-up by the government.  His crime?  Refusing to allow the NSA to spy on his customers.  With Edward Snowden’s revelations about the scope of government spying, Nacchio is feeling pretty darn vindicated.  Glenn Reynolds has the perfect coda to this news blurb:  “There was a time I would have doubted that sort of claim, but not so much now.”

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  • Ymarsakar

    There was a time when I believed American power was sufficient to fight against slavery and evil in the world.
    Until I realized that most of this world’s evil came from American leaders calling themselves Democrats and members of the Leftist alliance.
    How’s that for a surprise.

  • raymondjelli

    If anyone thinks defunding Obamacare is wrong let me give you a scenario. What if vouchers did become the law of the land?  Does anyone think Democrats would have shied away from defunding voucher payments to force children back into the public schools? Does anyone believe there wouldn’t be public school teachers with their young minority students sitting outside with signs that say “Why doesn’t anyone want to learn with me?” and “It’s not funding, it’s a child?”
    Wouldn’t ACORN be out trying to prevent the recurrence of what they would call segregation?  Wouldn’t the Left and government employee and teachers unions and the press (okay, fair enough this is redundant) be talking about preventing a catastrophe that could last for years?  Wouldn’t we be seeing our brave activists taking a life and death stand? Wouldn’t the law of the land take second place to social justice for teacher unions and government unions and the fine folks at ACORN?
    I would love to ask any Leftist if they would say defunding vouchers would be wrong if it became the law of the land. STFU they will explain.

  • Tonestaple

    Just this morning I posted an article from the Daily Mail about how the NHS was no longer allowing minor surgeries for people who smoke unless they sign up for a stop-smoking class:
    I also used the saying, “He who pays the piper calls the tune.”  What mystifies me is, I have said this right to persons on the left, and it’s as if they can’t hear the words at all or they can’t figure out what they mean.  They don’t seem to blow off the meaning, but they don’t seem to understand.
    I don’t think they’re such good actors that they could convince me that they don’t get this, but the really don’t seem to.  It’s as if they really do truly believe, deep down in their heart of hearts, that there is such at thing as a free lunch, and further, they can order whatever they want.

  • Spartacus

    raymondjelli — Nice hypotheticals, but no need to stray from actual, recent history.  Congress has deigned to wave its magic wand and declare a border fence repeatedly over the last few years.  “It’s the law,” as they say.  Funny thing, though, those fenceposts don’t just go and burrow themselves into the ground without funding…
    Not sure how they missed that part.  Do you think we should tell them?


    Tonestaple trying to speak with the tone deaf. Nice try, but their internal word processor simply doesn’t have the lexicon to comprehend. They’ve become accustomed to double-speak, which only requires a nod with glazed over eyes.
    Not to be outdone by the NHS, the NCI has its very own new language.
    The federal government wants to reduce the number of Americans diagnosed each year with cancer. But not by better preventive care or healthier living. Instead, the government wants to redefine the term “cancer” so that fewer conditions qualify as a true cancer. What does this mean for ordinary Americans — and should we be concerned?
    On July 29, 2013, a working group for the National Cancer Institute (the main government agency for cancer research) published a paper proposing that the term “cancer” be reserved for lesions with a reasonable likelihood of killing the patient if left untreated. Slower growing tumors would be called a different name such as “indolent lesions of epithelial origin” (IDLE).

    Obama administration seeks to reduce cases of cancer in US…by changing the definition of cancer

  • Ymarsakar

    A zombie is just a human with too high of an IQ that it has consciously turned off their higher thinking via double think. That glazed look of incomprehensibility is what happens when you meet a zombie.
    A dumb human, that can’t hold more than 1 single thought, let alone 2 contradictory thoughts at the same time, could never become a zombie like that.

  • lee

    The Left know nothing about the Bible, New Testament or Hebrew Bible,* so they clearly know nothing about the story of the Good Samaritan. This is also why they cannot comprehend that religious organizations consider running a hospital a matter of  “religious values” for them. It is also why the HHS, came up with its own definition of a “religious institution that is NARROWER than what the religious isntitutions consider:
              1. “Has the inculcation of religious values as its purpose”;
              2. “Primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets”;
              3. “Primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets”;
              4. “Is a nonprofit organization”
    * I have found the a lot of people on the left are almost afraid of the Bible, like it will force them to be religious. Even people who are somewhat observant–go to synagogue or church regularly, are still afraid of the Bible. I gave a very liberal friend a Bible once, with notes, because his parents made damned good and sure he never read it, because they considered it BAD. As a result, he was (even though he was a very intelligent man) incredibly ignorant of common cultural references. He had no idea what separating the wheat from the chaff really meant, or the eleventh hour, or the Good Samaritan. He didn’t get the references of titles: The Sun Also Rises, East of Eden, Absalom! Absalom!, The Little Foxes, Lillies of the Field… etc.