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Published On: Wed, Aug 21st, 2013

5 Reasons Why Obamacare Will Destroy Your Liberty

Anybody who cherishes their freedom should resist Obamacare until it’s completely repealed.

In terms of dollars and cents, the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) is the most expensive law to ever be implemented. It’s also the most convoluted law ever devised, which conveniently serves to confuse and bully the American people into compliance.

There are countless reasons why this law is so harmful to the future of this country, but to give you a general idea of where we’re headed now that the Supreme Court has ruled and Barack Obama has been reelected, here are some key points to consider:

Repeal Obamacare Protester

Protesters hold signs in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. calling for the repeal of Obamacare.

1.  Unsustainable Costs

Politicians sold this lemon of a law on the premise that it would control health care costs. But history shows that when government tries to control costs, it inflates them instead. Why? Because government interventions distort the free market, and free market distortions always bring unintended consequences such as higher costs.

This is why the price of health care has skyrocketed over the past 45 years, after the federal government imposed price controls through the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The failure of Medicare and Medicaid to control costs should prove that what’s needed is not more government intervention in the health care industry, but less.

2.  Excessive Taxation

An enormous list of new taxes will be imposed to pay for Obamacare, all regulated by everyone’s favorite bureaucracy: the IRS. Top earners will have more of their earnings confiscated. Private insurance plans will pay more to offer their services. Employers will have their profits skimmed. And everyone not enrolled in a mandated health plan will be penalized. All these new taxes and penalties will only make America’s stagnant economy worse.

Employers who are not politically connected enough to get a waiver will be forced to offer health insurance to their full-time employees or face a tax penalty. Is it any wonder that many employers, such as Forever 21, are hurrying to switch full-time workers to part-time so they can avoid the mandate?

Paying more taxes means collecting less revenue that could be used to create jobs. Shifting full-time workers to part-time status deprives them of wages they need to survive. This will negatively impact relationships between employers and their employees, and it will transform American earners into permanent tax slaves.

3.  Inevitable Rationing

Obama proudly declared that his new program will insure 40 million more Americans. But where’s his plan to encourage more people to become doctors, nurses, and health care professionals to meet this sudden new demand for health care? Oh, that’s right—he doesn’t have one.

Demand will no doubt exceed supply, and the inevitable result will be health care rationing, just like what already happens in other countries with socialized medicine like England and Canada. Rationing will require government bureaucrats with no health care experience to decide who is most deserving of care. Rationing reduces personal choices, makes health care less accessible, and inevitably lowers quality. All of these add up to less freedom.

4.  Privacy Intrusions

Nestled away in the 2,000-plus pages of the Obamacare beast are provisions that could give the government access to bank accounts and financial records. Once these records are obtained, the government can then determine whether or not people can afford the services they need and whether or not they are worthy to get health care at all.

Also, people who don’t buy health insurance will be fined (or taxed according to the Supreme Court) for failing to comply. Regardless of what the Supreme Court says, forcing someone to purchase a service is an unconstitutional infringement on personal privacy and freedom. This law will give the government dangerously excessive authority over our private lives, which could turn America into an Orwellian nightmare.

5.  Full Government Control

As if this law isn’t frightening enough by itself, it’s just one step toward complete government control over health care. Unlike private health insurance plans that must profit to survive, the government plan will be funded by taxpayers, so it won’t ever have to worry about budgeting, efficiency, or bankruptcy. In fact, inept bureaucracies like Medicare and the Post Office have proven that the worse a government agency performs, the more cash will be pumped into them to keep them propped up.

When private companies raise their premiums to keep afloat, statists will scream yet again for more regulation until the only health insurance plan left will be the government plan. Government-controlled health care was the statists’ goal all along; Obamacare is just the vehicle to get them there. And the chances to dismantle that vehicle before it takes off are quickly slipping away.

Sure, free health care for everybody sounds wonderful, but Obamacare should terrify anybody who is concerned about excessive government intrusion into their private lives. The free market, not politicians or lobbyists, should decide how the health care industry operates, and bureaucrats should not intrude on the private relationship between patients and doctors. When the federal government has access to the health and financial records of private citizens, it will become the permanent and complete master of the people.

 

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Walter Coffey

- Walter Coffey is a graduate Loyola University of Chicago. He has written several works of historical fiction and non-fiction, and his work has earned critical praise from the Readers' Favorite and ForeWord Reviews. His blog, "American History Uncut," examines history through the prism of less government and more liberty. Walter is a strong believer in free markets, fiscal responsibility, and personal accountability. He currently resides in Texas with his wife Gianna.

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  1. SilenceNobody says:

    It is worth noting that the mid-term election of 1994, dubbed the Republican Revolution, gave the GOP control of both the House and the Senate for the first time in decades. That defeat of big-government liberals spelled the end for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s healthcare reform package known as the Health Security Act. Fast forward to the upcoming 2014 mid-terms and the opportunity for history to repeat as it often does. If that happens, it will be a whole lot harder for the Clinton Machine in 2016, to use the Potomac Side Step as they dance around the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.

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