My grandfather fought against the assault on our freedoms in the form of the Kaiser’s army in WW I. At one point he became gravely ill (the “Spanish flu” perhaps) and was not allowed to march forward with his unit. They were all killed.
My father fought in WW II against the Nazi’s, who were one of the greatest threats against our freedoms to ever exist. He won a couple of medals, finished off his work in the European Theater, and the war ended as he was on his way to Japan, having volunteered for the invasion against the Japanese Imperialists, who were the other great threat against our freedoms of the day.
I was too young to be drafted or to enlist to fight in what would have been “my war” in Viet Nam, but I did fight anyway. I took up not arms but words and signs and the occasional other item to fight against the repression of a crook in office (who was later thrown out) and an unjust war that was chewing up our resources and our young people in a way that was a novel kind of threat against our freedoms.
And today, I’m being asked to fight against yet another assault on our freedoms:
And in their spare time, contrary to the very vocal wishes of the American public, they passed legislation that will do great harm to the finest health care system in the world. The Health Care Bill is the greatest assault on our freedom in my lifetime. IT MUST BE REPEALED!
Those words of wisdom were spoken by Wisconsin’s candidate for the US Senate, Republican Ron Johnson.
And, dagnabit, I think he may be right!
Think of all the ways in which our health care system, in America, varies. Variation is good. It is the gasoline that runs the steam roller known as the free market. The poor get poor health care. There is a certain symmetry in that. Their efforts to rise above their fellow poor people at all costs will be the steam in the locomotive known as the free market. Minnesota has a high quality accessible state health care system. In Louisiana, you might as well take poison if you are sick. Again, a symmetry. Minnesota is at one end of the Mississippi, and Louisiana is at the other. This variation drives competition, generates the individual human needs that ultimately serve as the coal in the power plant known as the free market.
Obamacare reduces those kinds of variation. Obama care is a threat to our freedom!
Health Care Reforms are the same as putting people in jail. Only they will be waiting rooms at clinics where people will be able to go and get treated for illnesses even if they were pre-existing conditions they were born with. This entirely removes the “free market” of Darwinian selection from the equation. How can the rest of us be free of our neighbor’s birth defects if they can just walk in and get treated? The existing health care system, generated by market forces over the years, had come very close to solving this problem. But now, that solution has to be put aside. So much for freedom!
I want to follow in my grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, but better. Because they only fought The Kaiser, the Nazi’s and the Imperial Japanese. I get to fight health care reform! How cool is that!