Obamacare, your rights, and if it’s so good, why don’t they want it?


So, I don’t consider myself to be that smart. I know some smart people, and I’m not one of them. That said, I’m going to go ahead and write about this anyway.

The first time I heard it said, it was Nancy Pelosi. She said “Health care is a right.” I thought, no, uh, I don’t think so.

Then, Obama said it in a speech the other day. To quote, he said;

So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed to. Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right. And we’re going to keep it that way.

This was the speech in which Obama said:

But there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government.

Well, this was the bill that Nancy Pelosi said “Well, you have to pass the bill so you can know what’s in it.” Hey President O, that’s pretty confusing, so maybe it’s not just the Republicans. I digress.

Ok, she said health care, he said health insurance, but I think they mean the same thing.

So, I went to the Constitution, and looked through the bill of rights. Didn’t see anything about health care or health insurance.

So, I went to the United Nations “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” And there it was, right in Article 25:

Article 25.

  • Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

So I guess that’s what Obama and Pelosi are referring too, the United Nations. Well, at least now we know.

I’m just a simple person, but if healthcare’s a right, then someone has to give it to me if I don’t have it. When Pelosi say’s healthcare is a right, what I hear is that if someone is unable to provide it for themselves, someone has to provide it for them. So, by calling healthcare a right, Pelosi commits us all to providing to people who can’t provide it for themselves. If Poptarts are a right, I should be able to get them. Not access to Poptarts, but Poptarts themselves. Frosted Blueberry.

I’ve nothing against giving someone a hand up when they need it. Yet, I was raised to think that everyone needs to haul their own freight. If you’ve ever seen the results of generational welfare, when people have lost their ambition, desire to achieve, even aspects of their human dignity, there’s nothing worse than that. We continue to create a nation of entitlement by the philosophy of calling things like this “a right.” It’s not that I don’t believe we can’t provide healthcare. It’s not that I want anyone to not have it if they need it.  It’s the philosophy of achievement that made our country great. It wasn’t made great by people expecting things would be given to them. It wont stay great by people expecting things will be given to them. There’s just a basic difference of philosophy.

I’m not saying that our health care industry doesn’t need reformed, or that changes don’t need to be made. They certainly do.  Fran and I can agree on one thing.  Insurance companies aren’t going to suffer through all of this. They will profit. They are not our friends. There are many issues here.

I’m against socialized medicine. You put your healthcare in the hands of the government and you’ll get what you get. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that Obamacare isn’t socialized medicine. It might not be in the classic sense, but this is the government’s foot in the door to controlling healthcare.   This is the start of another government bureaucracy, and we all know how those work. No problems get solved by bureaucracy. Think driver’s license bureau, or worse, the IRS. Yes, that IRS. You know, the one that’s been targeting certain groups and then lying about it. But I’m sure this one will be better.

Then there are the delays. According to  Congressional Research report back in 2011, approximately one-third of the deadlines required by (their own) law had been missed. Those delays have continued.

And, just for an unrelated question, why is congress going to opt out of Obamacare? I think they should take it if we have to take it.  http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/congress-opt-out-obamacare/2013/04/25/id/501356

Well, well, what a mess on our hands.


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4 comments on “Obamacare, your rights, and if it’s so good, why don’t they want it?

  1. fmlinardo says:

    I think my point about it not being socialized medicine is that the bill is so bad and is in such bad shape it might not even exist in a year. Ultimately the collapse of this bill may set back socialized medicine in America for a long time.

  2. JETSR says:

    Nicely said Tony. Heck, if Mikey (congress) won’t eat it why should we? Obamacare is a disaster and sadly our elected officials are too weak to stop the madness. I hope Fran is right and it collapses but I think it may make it and we will be stuck with another pile of crap government program.

  3. ekbalesteri says:

    I agree that people should haul their own weight and that others shouldn’t have to carry the burdens of unmotivated people. That being said, there are many variables as to why a person finds themselves without insurance. There are those who assume that the uninsured are couch potato, system abusing losers (actually, some are)yet many are hard working without an option for healthcare.

    For obvious reasons, no one in Congress ever complains over who is paying for the fire departments, the police departments & in some cases, ambulance services. These institutions are not only paid for by taxpayers, but many times with the lives of those brave enough to take on those duties.

    My point is that it is not illegal for an oncologist to turn away a person with cancer if they have no insurance. I know this from personal experience with a sibling that they will and they do turn you away. They make no apologies for their policies and no one seems to frown down upon them for it.

    Chemo to a cancer patient is like a firetruck to a burning home. Would we watch our neighbors house burn to the ground because they couldn’t afford to pay for quality fire care?

    Health coverage is not a luxury–it’s a necessity if our lives are in danger.

    This shouldn’t be about Democrats or Republicans using our family’s safety or lives for political posturing.

    Our country needs to study the REALISTIC costs for providers, pharmaceutical production & research as well as insurance coverage A cap on profit margins should be set for any party who stands to gain financially through the healthcare system.

    Btw, LOVE your blog~You guys are great!

  4. whatshupp says:

    I agree. Our system needs over-hauled. I have hard-working friends who don’t have healthcare. There are many options for solving the problem, but it always comes down to the politically extreme positions. I would not support denying services to people who need them, but there are so many options to solving the problems, but it comes down to politics. Shame.
    Thanks for the read.

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