Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Defund it

The delays, the exemptions, the glitchy exchanges, the rising premiums, the adverse effects on employment, all bespeak Obamacare’s inevitable failure before it is fully implemented.

But Obamacare won’t collapse under the weight of its failure. As with all of socialism’s failures, government will subsidize Obamacare and distribute the costs, in the forms of debt and healthcare rationing, across society.

Only political pressure will collapse Obamacare. And the politics are good for Republicans. A majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare. They don’t want the government, known for its incompetence and ignorance, further entangled in healthcare. The officious Health and Human Services bureaucrat, no more competent than the average joe, but in whom government entrusts to make decisions for 300 million people, is cut from the same cloth as the universally reviled tax collector.

My Bible is only 2,000 pages long, including commentary, but the pages of Obamacare regulations number ten times as many. Who knew secular liberals, who preach about the perils of close church-state relations, could be so Pharisaic?

The law, according to Bastiat, is “the organization of the natural right of lawful defense” of person, property, and liberty. The basis for Obamacare, as is the basis for so many of the ridiculous rules handed down by our presumptuous masters in the halls of D.C. and state capitols across the country, bastardizes that principle. Actually, it does worse. Obamacare inverts the law. It does not provide for the natural right of lawful defense of person, property, and liberty, but for the opposite. Obamacare provides for government’s seizure of the right to defend yourself.

Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee’s efforts to defund Obamacare before it takes full effect are admirable, even if unsuccessful. The tip of the spear chips, but the shaft drives home the killing blow. Political movements take years to gestate and rise to prominence. Leaders of these movements don’t worry about not reaching their goals in their lifetimes. Rabbi Tarfon said: “It is not up to you to finish the task, but neither are you free to desist from trying.”

Despite having the American people’s support, establishment handwringers whine about the politics being bad for Republicans. They give up the fight before it even starts. How could Republican failure to defund an unpopular, totalitarian law be more humiliating than Democratic insistence on funding it? They disagree with Cruz and Lee’s “kamikaze” tactics, insisting on delaying Obamacare a year instead. That has just as likely a chance of passing. The Democrats are as virulently opposed to delay as they are to defunding, unless it’s their president doing the delaying.

If this law is allowed to be implemented at the executive’s caprice, Congress effectively consents to the anarchy of the rule of man. That must not happen.

Read also “Delay is a fig leaf.”

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