Should Uninsured Americans Be Forced to Die a la Dr. Ron Paul? 2

President Barack Obama's signature on the heal...

President Barack Obama's signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today the US Supreme Court will hear arguments as to whether the federal government can require that the uninsured be required to buy health insurance.  Those of us who have no insurance end up getting care at our hospitals driving up the total cost for healthcare for those who are insured.  The Supreme Court is being asked whether the mandate participation in our national system of healthcare. It is not a power grab by President Obama or the federal government.  Yes, it will fundamentally change America. But, so did Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid…..and welfare which preceded them all.  A Christian society is compassionate.  I wonder how many Americans who oppose “Obamacare,” would side with Ron Paul and refuse to treat them at our emergency rooms knowing they will die.  Imagine yourself being turned away from an emergency room.  Would you tell yourself, “It is fair that I die because I was unable to pay for or chose not to pay for health insurance?”  Would you then wish the federal government had been compassionate enough to require your participation in “Obamacare?”

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. There will still be millions un-insured under Obamacare. The cost for Obamacare has already been revised by the CBO from the original estimate of approx. $900 Billion to $1,8 Trillion … and it will continue to grow. The programs you mention; Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are, themselves, on the verge of collapse; therefore taxes will have to skyrocket to subsidise them and yet another massive unsustainabe entitlement program.

    Doctors are fleeing the medical field or making decisions to not accept government-base healthcare plans because reimbursement levels are already to low and shrinking. (I know this because I have several friends who are doctors … and no they are not greedy monsters. They are normal folks, whose business costs are skyrocketing because of massive paperwork involved with regulatory compliance forced on them by Obamacare).

    Enrollment in medical school is down because no student can afford to take on such massive debt in the form of student loans … for the dwindling return on their investment.

    Yes … even those dastardly, despicable, racist, hate-mongering conservatives (who hate autistic children, the mentally challenged, and who want old people to starve in the streets) want American citizens to have access to affordable, transportable, quality health insurance … Obamacare will not provide that. It will only bankrupt the country.

    I am not a big fan of Ron Paul. Ron Paul, actually, is not a true conservative. His roots are slightly less scary than Barack Obama’s. While Obama is an Saul Alinsky “spired” socialist, Ron Paul is essentially a Murry Rothbard inspired free-market anarchist

  2. Darren-

    Your comment couldn’t be further form the truth. The CBO did not project a rise from 900 billion to 1.8 trillion as you mention. That was a lie brought about by conservative pundits who want to condemn the Act.

    Here’s the actual projections, from the CBO: http://cbo.gov/publication/43080

    Here’s the quote at the end that matters: “The ACA’s provisions related to insurance coverage are now projected to have a net cost of $1,252 billion over the 2012-2022 period; that amount represents a gross cost to the federal government of $1,762 billion, offset in part by $510 billion in receipts and other budgetary effects (primarily revenues from penalties and other sources).”

    Earlier in the article: “Over the 10-year period from 2012 through 2021, enactment of the coverage provisions of the ACA was projected last March to increase federal deficits by $1,131 billion, whereas the March 2012 estimate indicates that those provisions will increase deficits by $1,083 billion.”

    Those are the actual stats. Please stop spreading misinformation.

    As for “doctors fleeing”, that is a flat out lie. If not, please provide a link that shows doctors fleeing to other countries because of rising costs. What I find ironic, is that if your statement is true, then they are fleeing to countries with actual universal healthcare.

    As always, it’s easy to make statistics up to back up your case, especially when you don’t give any numbers “it will bankrupt us!”, “doctors are leaving!”, etc. etc. The facts are that the Affordable Care Act will, over time, prevent millions of people from being without insurance.

    And finally, the fact that you think Obama is a socialist completely discredits your opinion. Socialism is a political philosophy where the government controls the means of production (factories, etc), Not once has Obama advocated taking private property and turning it into public property, a la Karl Marx. In fact, political analysts have described Obama as the most centrist president we’ve ever had. And in fact, he’s been the most fiscally conservative (in terms of % raised of federal spending) president, other than Clinton, since Eisenhower. The least conservative: Reagan and Baby bush.

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