Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Moral Argument Against ObamaCare for Mr. Ed Schultz

Ed Schultz, host of the Ed Show on MSNBC, spoke with a minister who opposes the Affordable Health Care law (aka ObamaCare).  The minister argued that ObamaCare was costly and basically a bad deal for America.  Mr. Schultz told the minister that millions of Americans who are currently uninsured will be provided health insurance through ObamaCare.  He also pointed out that under ObamaCare no one can be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions.  Then Mr. Schultz asked the minister to make the moral case for denying insurance to these currently uninsured people and to make the moral case against ObamaCare.  The minister's response was weak. He seemed unprepared for the question. Here's how I think the minister should have responded.

Mr. Schultz is it moral to steal things from other people? Is it moral to use force to make other people do what you want them to do against their will? Is it moral to lie? Is a law that causes people to suffer and die needlessly moral? ObamaCare is based on the immoral principles of force, theft, and dishonesty.

Health care is a limited resource.  Today we have the best quality and the greatest quantity of health care on Earth right here in the United States and it is available to everyone. Health care costs money and there is no way a person can know in advance just how expensive it might be. Insurance is a service that is available to those who want to insure their risk against these unknown future costs.  Some people choose to buy insurance to reduce their risk; some people do not wish to make this investment. Under ObamaCare the government will use force to make everyone purchase insurance whether they want to or not.  Mr. Schultz it is not right to make a person buy something that they do not want even if someone else believes that that something is good for that person.  Forcing another person to act against his or her will is immoral.

Under ObamaCare no one can be denied insurance for any reason including a pre-existing condition therefore the cost of insurance will increase exponentially.  ObamaCare empowers the government to impose new taxes to subsidize the insurance companies and other special interests to cover this cost gap. These are additional tax dollars that most Americans would rather keep and use to support their families.  Taking money that taxpayers have earned with their own labor and giving that money to government selected insurance companies and other special interests is nothing short of theft.  Mr. Schultz theft is immoral.

Under ObamaCare, unlimited amounts of health care will now be "free" to millions of people who would previously have been expected to pay for those limited resources.  But there are not enough doctors and other medical professionals to provide unlimited quantities of health care to millions of people for free and there never will be.  ObamaCare promises unlimited access to limited resources. This promise is a lie that will hurt everyone, the poorest among us most of all.  Mr. Schultz, Lying is immoral.

The Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare) is a vast maze of government policies, procedures, rules, restrictive regulations, and micro-controls that will be anything but affordable.  ObamaCare will greatly increase the amount of waste and bureaucracy in all aspects of the health care and insurance industries. ObamaCare is based on the economic fantasy that a government bureaucrats can outperform a competitive market economy.  No way.

The ObamaCare bureaucracy will stifle innovation, drive costs up and reduce the quality, quantity, and availability of health care resources in the United States. ObamaCare is a bloated, costly, bureaucratic system designed to transform the world's best health care system into something that looks a lot like the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Under the bureaucratic morass that is ObamaCare millions will suffer and die as they wait for innovations that never emerge, and millions more, mostly poor people, will stand in line for years waiting for doctors that never became doctors because ObamaCare made it unprofitable for them to do so. Under the ObamaCare bureaucracy people will suffer and people will die who would not have suffered and would not have died had this law based in economic fantasy never been imposed upon the American people.

Mr. Schultz ObamaCare is immoral because it is based on the immoral principles of force, theft, and dishonesty. For the sake of our nation and especially for those less fortunate who will suffer the most, this immoral law must be de-funded and overturned.  Thank you for having me on your show.

Mark VanSchuyver