The debates have flown thick and fast since yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling justifying Obamacare, and I’m fascinated by this abrupt halt to “I can haz” cat photos and baby pictures and check-ins at restuarants – all of a sudden, everyone online has an opinion about what the government can tax, mandate or require, what “Constitutional” means and whether or not the warm fuzzy ideals of free healthcare for all makes sense.
We’ve had more debate in the last 24 hours than our President allowed when he passed this awful piece of legislation, and I couldn’t be happier. Because debate – real debate – not simply hurling insults – brings light and understanding to a complex problem. Calling Obamacare what it is: an onerous tax on people who are already struggling – makes this a real problem and not a rainbows-and-unicorns-free-healthcare-for-all fairytale.
I’ve heard a lot of people say that this is a huge step for our country, that having mandated healthcare for all will give rise to prosperity, and I have to wonder if they were taxed for not driving a Chevy Volt or buying organic foods or using high-speed internet or smart phones or countless other things that do, indeed, make our lives better – if they would be so inclined to celebrate. After all, don’t you deserve the right to drive what you want, choose your groceries, use the Library’s slow internet or choose a lousy cell phone plan? Don’t you have the right to roll the dice and go to the doctor once a decade without being charged for everyone else’s aches and pains? I fail to see how lumping every unique person into a one-size-fits-all healthcare plan brings prosperity to anyone. Expensive, government-run programs are everywhere and they rarely work – when was the last time you had an enjoyable experience at the Post Office or the DMV?
Of course, the other side of the argument is a lot of talking about hypothetical woebegone types who are going to perish without His Majesty’s healthcare bill, and you’re probably a white supremacist for not agreeing to foot the bill. There are a few more reasoned debaters in favor of this taxation free-for-all, but that’s pretty much the gist.
Either way, there’s two sides to the argument – one who’s pro-taxes and pro-Nanny State and one who’s pro-freedom and pro-individual choice. Neither option is perfect – regardless of the hyperbole on the internet, people are going to die either way, because that’s kind of what people do. The question is, do they get to die in the way they choose or because the government bureaucracy ran out of their medication?
Debate on, Facebook-debaters. The marketplace of ideas is a dangerous place for flawed ideas like hefty taxes, loss of freedom and government-run “charity”, so I have faith that with a little common-sense, it will all shake out.