President Obama signed his healthcare “reform” bill Tuesday. The landmark law has been hailed as one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of the Republic. Proponents of Obamacare assert that after more than a hundred years of trying, finally, the federal government is guaranteeing virtually all Americans the right to healthcare.
If healthcare is a “right”, then everything else must also be a right–a job, food, clothing, shelter, transportation, education, computers, cell phones, etc. According to the “logic” that healthcare is a right, then every American is entitled to not only healthcare but every every good or service that is available in the marketplace.
This perversion of the concept of “rights” is at the heart of the welfare state, namely, that human beings are entitled to all goods and services regardless of their income.
Ludwig von Mises summed it up succinctly many decades ago: “The Welfare State is merely a method for transforming the market economy step by step into socialism.” The long term goal of Obama, Pelosi, Clinton, and the other collectivists in DC, in the Establishment media and in academia, is to transform America into their utopia, a collectivist paradise, where every human need is guaranteed by the state. And inasmuch as there is no more compelling “right’ to collectivists than the right to healthcare, their long-term goal is to establish a single payer healthcare system. That’s why the Democrats have been transforming–and will continue to transform–our welfare state into a socialized economy by intervening step-by-step in the economy over several decades.
Collectivism, however, cannot succeed, because it is both impractical and immoral; it is based on denying people their natural right to life, liberty and property, and it ignores the fundamental principles of economics, supply and demand and a price system–where prices allocate resources. In a free society, government does not have a role in medical decisions. In a collectivist society, on the other hand, everyone is reduced, except for the political elites of course, to serfs, obedient to the dictates of the state.
Healthcare “reform” will be phased in over several years beginning with more mandates on insurance companies, higher taxes in order to cover an additional 31 million uninsured Americans, subsidized health insurance for more families, tax credits for small business owners and expanded prescription drug coverage for seniors, among other initiatives in the healthcare legislation. An overview of health care reform reveals that the federal government will in effect take over virtually aspect of healthcare in America by the end of the decade.
Although President Obama and his official spokespersons vehemently deny that the health reform legislation he signed will create so-called death panels, the logical consequence of runaway healthcare spending as the result of Obamacare will be the establishment of government sanctioned end-of-life care “guidelines” for Americans in the future. In other words, government subsidized and paid for healthcare is establishing the”right” to healthcare in America will eventually lead to government having the power to pull the plug on grandma.