As worries over ObamaCare continue to mount, there is one politician who feels everything is going swimmingly and we should be celebrating. That person is none other than the apparently delusional Nancy Pelosi.
This week Pelosi praised Health and Human Services for their work on ObamaCare: “The implementation of this is fabulous.” Really? Are we living in the same country, talking to the same businesses or reading the same news reports? I've pointed out how members of her own party and the Obama administration admit that ObamaCare implementation is going to be horrendous. That's just the implementation. What about the law itself once it's fully in place? Is ObamaCare really going to improve the quality of our healthcare and lower costs, as Democrats like Pelosi and Obama promised? Absolutely not! Yet Pelosi says that we have reason to celebrate it, and she even compared it to the Fourth of July. A transcript of her recent press briefing reads in part:
Pretty soon we'll all be leaving for the Fourth of July recess. Next week, when we celebrate Independence Day we'll also be observing health independence.
This week marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. It captures the spirit of our founders. The spirit they wrote in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Affordable Care Act offers just that--a healthier life and the liberty to pursue a person's happiness to be free of constraint, be job-locked, because they're policy-locked and so if you wanted to be a cameraman, a writer, you want to be self employed, if you want to be, start a business, if you want to change jobs, whatever it is you want to do you are free, you have the liberty to do.
So, we’ve had Social Security, Medicare, and now health independence, and that’s something our members will take home to celebrate over this Independence Day.
Health independence? Since when did the government FORCING you to buy health insurance become “health independence?” Since when did the government getting involved in your healthcare options and likely squeezing out private-sector options become “health independence?”
Liberals have this warped sense of what it means to be independent. In my view, independent essentially means that you are not controlled by others (and that includes the government). You are involved in self-government. That is entirely the opposite of what ObamaCare represents. Here's the “liberal logic”: The government will use its power to force you to buy a product. Don't know where to buy it? You can buy it from the government! Now that you have it, you can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be (so long as you have health insurance)! Can't afford that health insurance because in your new-found “freedom” you've decided to pursue the life of a starving artist? That's OK. We'll make sure hard-working taxpayers subsidize you!
I just can't understand for the life of me how big government can somehow be promoted as something that provides us with more freedom. Big government does entirely the opposite: It relies on our growing dependence, it becomes more burdensome and intrusive, and it provides false choices between security and freedom.