The Obama health law forces you to buy a one-size-fits-all health plan, whether you want it and can afford it or not, and expands the powers of the IRS to punish you for noncompliance. This violates your rights. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution permits this coercion. In fact, the 28 beautiful words of the Tenth Amendment prohibit it.
For the first time in history, the Obama health law empowers the federal government to dictate how doctors treat privately insured patients. That means the federal government will be in control of your care even if you have Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna or any other "qualified" insurer. Your insurer can pay only doctors who implement whatever regulations the federal government imposes in the name of improving health care "quality." That covers everything in medicine. (Sect. 1311, pg. 148).
To halt this attack on something as precious as life itself - your liberty - we must advance to the next battlegrounds, the U.S. courts and the Fall elections.
See also the page debunking the World Health Organization's claim that the U.S. ranks 37th in health care.
The battle between the champions of individual freedom and the forces of authoritarian collectivism never ends. However, the battleground has largely shifted from the physical world to cyberspace.
In many ways, Friedrich Hayek anticipated the Internet. In his masterpiece, The Road to Serfdom, Hayek dissects the methods and objectives of socialism. He shows that centralized, top-down planning by experts can never achieve prosperity and inevitably leads to oppression. Hayek built on Ludwig von Mises' theory that constantly changing price signals are essential to the efficient allocation of resources; the “experts” can never possess the knowledge that is distributed among individual buyers and sellers. Plus, the only way that a central economic plan can be successfully implemented is by forcing everyone to obey. You can't have a central economic plan if there are people out there doing their own thing.
The Internet is like the free market. It succeeded as a decentralized, self-organized network. Experts in various specialties contributed to its growth, but there never was a master plan. In fact, the way in which the Internet succeeded and the scale of its success surprised everyone.
However, the forces of authoritarian collectivism don’t give up easily. In the physical world, they have tried both violent revolution and gradual reform to achieve their ends. In cyberspace, the two biggest threats are attempts to regulate the Internet (e.g., “net neutrality”) and a broader movement to limit or even abolish intellectual property rights (e.g., Eben Moglen’s The DotCommunist Manifesto).
The worrisome part is that the enemies of liberty have learned how to disguise their objectives through the clever use of language. Instead of admitting that they want to regulate the Internet they pretend that they are trying to preserve it. Instead of admitting that they want to abolish private intellectual property they pretend they are defending freedom of speech. For example, the Free Software Foundation says “To understand the concept, you should think of ‘free’ as in ‘free speech’, not as in ‘free beer’.”
That’s nonsense. Redistributing someone else’s creation without asking or paying for permission isn't free speech—it’s freeloading.
The Obama administration and the media say that we have been in an economic recovery since June of 2009. If that’s true, then why aren’t consumers spending and businesses hiring? The implication is that our biggest problem is the reluctance of consumers and businesses to move forward.
Color me skeptical. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was passed in February of 2009. Visit the press archives at Recovery.gov and you’ll see that ARRA spending began almost immediately. Gross domestic product (GDP)—often used as a barometer for the state of the economy—began to rise not long after. But GDP is calculated as the sum of consumer, business, and government spending; all of the growth was in government spending. It’s self-serving for the government to say that the recovery started in June of 2009.
Actually, the recession never ended and we are on track to The Greatest Depression. Congress just punted on extending the Bush era tax breaks. That can only mean that the majority want to raise taxes on the rich—a sure fire way to inhibit business investment. The House of Representatives just passed the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act, which like the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, seems designed to ignite a global trade war. Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman thinks the government isn’t spending enough fast enough.
Is the recession just a state of mind? In a way, yes.
George Santayana warned "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.