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The Real Problem with Obamacare

Posted in Argumentation, Explanation, Government, Healthcare, In the News, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by Xajow

Hello students. Yes, I am finally back. Save your applause and celebrations for later. I know, you want more D/s discussions, and there will be some later. Right now, however, I am going to rant about explain what the true and fundamental problem with the ACA (Obamacare) is. All the usual warnings apply: I am libertarian, trust-in-government folks will be offended, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Every one prepared? Okay, let’s begin. Continue reading

Quick Bite: Just Stopping in to Criticize Obama

Posted in Government, Healthcare, In the News, Politics, Quick Bite with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by Xajow

So after three weeks of sugarcoating, i.e. deliberately downplaying and possibly lying about, the massive failure that is healthcare.gov, President Obama gave a speech to tell people there was no sugarcoating it. Three weeks he took to get around to this. Yeah, real leadership there. (No, not really.) But then He also said this: “We waged this battle to make sure that millions of Americans in the wealthiest nation on Earth finally have the same chance to get the same security of affordable quality health care as anybody else.” The same as anybody else, except President Obama, Obama’s family, the U.S. Congress and congressional staff, i.e. the political class who think having Obamacare for themselves would be a bad idea. There is your leadership America. You should be ashamed.

A Market Solution for Healthcare

Posted in Economics, Free Market, Healthcare with tags , , , , , , , on December 3, 2012 by Xajow

So  the market can’t help the costs of  healthcare? Well, an article and video over at reason.com pretty much debunks that idea. Go to the other end of this link for the article. And here is the video:

More on the Obamacare SCOTUS Ruling

Posted in Economics, Government, In the News, Philosophy, Politics, Stupid Legislation, Taxes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by Xajow

I cannot state strongly enough how very much I dislike the ruling from the Supreme Court today on Obamacare. One the one hand striking down the use of the commerce clause is good, but then turning around and saying the mandate works as a tax is horrible. Basically now the Supreme Court has established precedent for Congress to use taxing behavior or lack of behavior as a means of controlling what individuals do. One of the arguments against the use of the commerce clause to support the mandate was that if the government could force people to buy health insurance, it could then force people to buy broccoli. Well, now, the government can, if it chooses, tax people for not buying broccoli. In other words, you still end up punished for not doing what the federal government tells you you must do.

This is what comes of sacrificing principle for so-called “practicality.” This is what comes of voting into office the “electable” candidate rather than the one who shares your principles. This is what comes of all the excuses for not protecting liberty. You lose liberty little by little.

Thankfully, the number of people willing to fight back against this is growing. The situation is not hopeless. There are rising politicians who are starting to push back against the government expansion of power. And there are growing numbers of people who are willing to support those politicians. Things will change slowly, but they will change.

And I am still holding out hope that someone like Justice Janice Rogers Brown will be nominated to the Supreme Court. I will be very happy when that happens. And mark my words, one day it will happen. Maybe not specifically Justice Brown, but someone like her. Then you will know we are working our way forward to a more free and just society.

Obamacare Ruling from SCOTUS

Posted in Economics, Government, In the News, Philosophy, Politics, Stupid Legislation, Taxes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by Xajow

So now instead of using the commerce clause as an excuse to do whatever it wants, Congress can now use taxation powers as an excuse to do whatever it wants. Or basically a combination of the two. This is my understanding of what the SCOTUS ruling means for the U.S. in the long term. Because even if Republicans take control of Congress and repeal Obama care, this legal president will still remain on the books.

Ugh.

Little by little the government whittles away the limitations placed on its power. People sworn to uphold the Constitution are instead using any means they can to ignore it. And now SCOTUS just gave them another tool for that purpose.

And do not even come to me with your “You must be against Obamacare because you don’t care about helping people” nonsense. I am so much not in the mood today. Obamacare is going to hurt the nation, society, and individuals. I oppose it exactly because I do care about my neighbor, about helping others in need.

I really do not like what this SCOTUS ruling portends for the future. 

Liberal Orthodoxy

Posted in First Amendment, Government, Morality, Politics, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by Xajow

I am about to offend some liberals probably. Fair warning.

When I see the news about the debate over the Obama care law mandating that religious organizations are required to offer contraception coverage in their health care plans, I do not see liberals caring about people. I see liberals demanding government enforced adherence to an orthodox ideology.

I am going to offend liberals further by quoting from a David Harsanyi article (the one that inspired this post) at reason.com.

At some point, contraception was transformed from a — and I hope my Catholic friends will excuse the wording — godsend to those wanting to avoid unwanted pregnancy to a “public health” concern to a moral societal imperative that must be mandated, lest we abandon our daughters, science, decency, “choice” and freedom.

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How does coercion become “choice”? I ran across a headline on the website of the left-wing think tank ThinkProgress that illustrates the awkward logic of this assertion: “Missouri Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Employers To Deny Access To Birth Control.”

So far as I know, no one but a pharmacist can actually deny someone access to birth control. Religious employers saying “we will not pay for it” does not bar the employee from access to birth control. An employer not buying you a car does not deny you access to automobiles. An employer not buying you shoes does not deny you access to shoes.

But there is this notion that somehow not having Catholic organizations pay for contraception is denying women access to contraception. Somehow we are to protect women by taking a legitimate and reasonable choice away from other people. This sort of liberal authoritarian paternalism is just as bad as the conservative kind that seeks to protect people by preventing gay marriage. And it stems just as much from orthodoxy.

I am not against contraception. I am in favor of women having it available. What I do not favor is forcing religious organizations opposed to it to pay for it.

And just to so you know, those programs where the government hands out money to religious organizations, I am opposed to that. I believe separation of church and state is a good idea.