The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.
The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it.They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it.They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.
Where is your spine, America? more >>
The hallmark distinction between liberals and conservatives in America is our radically divergent view of government and its role in the lives of citizens. Liberals are convinced that a strong central government is necessary to ensure that everyone "gets their fair share," while conservatives believe that free markets are the best mechanism for allocating resources. liberals value equality of results, while conservatives value equality of opportunity.
Historically, liberals have had a rhetorical advantage with their brand of "equality" talk. They are viewed as champions of the disadvantaged and downtrodden, while conservatives are demonized as heartless worms that care nothing about the plight of the have-nots. Perhaps no policy debate highlighted this contrast more than the one that preceded the passage of Obamacare. As we are now painfully aware, Obamacare is a law that's long on sentiment and short on sensibleness. Democrats were so focused on the symbolic value of the legislation that they neglected to consider the logistics of its implementation. The idea was all that ever mattered – the idea of comprehensive, affordable, accessible health care for all without exception. We were told that the Affordable Care Act would realize this vision, although no one seemed quite able to tell us how. We needed to pass the law so we could find out what was in it, remember?
Fast forward to today. The President and his congressional counterparts got their way and Obamacare is the law of the land. The genie is out of the bottle and the American people are finally getting their chance to find out exactly what this law is all about. Turns out all those mean Republicans were onto something when they questioned the wisdom of entrusting one sixth of the U.S. economy to an ideologically driven president and his bureaucratic minions. From the start, this law has been about one thing: the redistribution of wealth under the guise of health care reform. The President wants a single payer system and Obamacare was engineered to push the system in that direction. We were told that the law would increase competition and lower costs but the opposite is happening. People were promised that they could keep their insurance if they like it and keep their doctors, but the opposite is happening. Now we're being told that these broken promises are unintended consequences. The President simply didn't realize how complicated overhauling the health care system would be. Imagine that! more >>
Frankly, I'm sick of the dishonesties that gush from President Obama's mouth. Last week, he promised an "administrative fix" for Obamacare, which was nothing more than an attempt to revive his tanking poll numbers, protect at-risk Democrats up for reelection in 2014, and deflect blame to insurance companies.
Obama doesn't care that his "administrative fix" won't fix anything. What he really cares about is his party regaining control for his last two years in office. And if they do, expect Democrats to bring about a "real" Obamacare fix by fulfilling their lifelong dream of socialized medicine in America.
Those with common sense question the constitutionality of Obama's newest proposal, and surely Obama knows full well it's a logistic impossibility to reinstate insurance plans for a year. But, he'll say anything to deflect blame. That's how he rolls. Lest we forget: more >>
Boots Hawks, a retired U.S. Army veteran, was suspended without pay from his job just before Veterans Day for including the phrase "God Bless America" under his company email signature.
According to Hawks, who has worked at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, Calif., for 10 years, he complied with his supervisors' request that he stop using the religious phrase as one of the quotes under his email signature, but informed them that he would also seek legal counsel about the situation.
Georgia preacher Brandon Bennings was only 23 years old in 2011 when he discovered he had a deadly form of brain cancer. And with support from his friends, family and church, he refused to give up hope that God could heal him. Last Monday, he died still clinging to it.
"My name is Brandon Bennings and I have a story to share," he began in a chronicle of his fight at brandnupossibilities.com.
"In late April of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. Technically speaking, I have a glioblastoma (pro. glee-oh-blas-toma) tumor, which is a very common but most aggressive malignant brain tumor. The survival rate for people with my type of cancer is about 1 percent over 5 years," he wrote. more >>
If there's one thing Obamacare's supporters and opponents can agree on, it's that Obamacare is unprecedented. Never before did the federal government require every American to buy a commercial product. Never before did it attempt to use its spending powers to coerce states into implementing a federal program. And never before did it so fundamentally rewrite the rules of such a major economic industry – one that makes up about a seventh of the national economy.
With Obamacare, the federal government decided it would run not just a business but also an entire industry of businesses. Imagine if the government decided it didn't like how airline companies were running their business, so it started to require bureaucrats to choose flight routes and ticket prices. They would decide how much airlines could spend on everything from fuel to peanuts. They would use money from some fliers to pay for the travel of over fliers. And they would sell tickets on a government-run "exchange" that looks a lot like Orbitz or Expedia – except it takes days, weeks, or months to buy a ticket.
There were more than a few of us who believed the federal government was incapable of running one-seventh of the economy. This was the same government, after all, that couldn't get water to thirsty Katrina victims and that couldn't process the benefits claims of war heroes in under a year. President Obama had never run anything larger than a Senate office. Kathleen Sebelius had never seen any success that was not taxpayer funded. It didn't take a Nobel Prize to realize they weren't going to run a health care business as well as professional health care businessmen and businesswomen. more >>