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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Moral Issue or Policy Dispute?

The passage of Obamacare is extremely disappointing to me.

It seems so clear to me that this law is foolhardy, I decided to try to understand why liberals and progressives are so overjoyed. An article on Huffington Post, and the comments that follow it, made it all very clear. "Good Wins Over Evil" is the title of Michael Seitzman's post. For him, this is a moral issue, plain and simple, and anyone against giving people health care is immoral, therefore, evil.

Seitzman is bitter toward Republicans and slightly profane (the comments are worse--I'm linking to it just to properly cite not to recommend!), but if he believes what he writes, no wonder he thinks conservatives are heartless, selfish, and evil. He imagines their reaction to the goodness of Obamacare: "Now take a look at the victors in yesterday's vote. What is their agenda? To provide health care to the people who don't have it, to prevent loss of coverage when you lose your job, to prevent the denial of coverage for preexisting conditions, to prevent your children from being denied coverage. Monsters, right? Un-American beasts!"

Where have the grown-ups gone?

I'm reminded of my college economics classes and studying price controls. Price controls feel like they are morally right. But a study of how they work reveals that they are actually harmful to the overall flow of goods and getting the most goods to the most people.

So much of this healthcare legislation is like that--it feels sensible and compassionate, but in the end it will be harmful to the "flow" of health care "goods" and supplying those goods to the people who need it. A great example of this is the "preexisting condition" rule, which John Stossel explains is one of the worst ingredients in Obamacare.

1 comment:

Laura at By the Bushel said...

shared your post about 'Cancer Ward' a couple of days ago...
was just cut off on FB by a 'friend' who didn't like my response to her status 'right needs mental health' according to her, for our/my heartlessness.
I stand with those footing the bill for this rediculous passage.
amazing. Thanks for your continued mindful posts to informative useful thoughts.
Best - Laura

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