Before I go on, I hope that everybody reading this has (or had depending on where you’re reading it) a good Thanksgiving. While I realize that the holiday season can be a strain for some, my wishes are for everybody to have a pleasant get together with family and friends and to make the most of a time that should be about family, fellowship, and most of all, giving thanks.
Regular readers of my political columns will be well aware that I don’t care for Barack Obama’s policies and a lot of the things the left believes in. Naturally, I’m sure there are times when people disagree with how strongly I’m opposed to the current administration and how it’s behaving. Be that as it may, I have to say that I think recent actions and statements on the left have made a lot of my points for me.
In defending the Obamanation that is Obamacare, the left in general, and Barack Obama in particular, have been using a particular phrase quite a bit. To my mind this one argument they seem to like so well says more about them and their way of thinking than it does to make a good case for Obamacare.
So what is it that I think is so telling? What particular phrase is the Obama administration at least partially hanging its hat on? It’s when they say that only they (meaning either the left or government depending on who’s speaking and what they are speaking about) can prevent us from being “One Serious illness away from financial ruin”. Really? Is the left and/or government in general so arrogant that they really believe they can arrange things so well that a serious illness won’t be financially devastating? Well, I have some (actually a fair amount) of news for them. First of all, very few people aren’t “one major illness away from financial ruin”. A major illness can stop a person from productive pursuits, and will almost certainly cost a lot of money in ways that don’t have anything to do with insurance of any kind. Personally, if I were suddenly to become so ill, or suffer some kind of physical problem that no longer allowed me to work I would think of that as “financial ruin” even if insurance covered every, single, dime, of the medical expenses. Is the left so detached from reality that they think the only problem resulting from an illness is who picks up the check? Are we to believe the only difference between buying lunch for a bunch of your friends and a “major illness” is the size of the tab?
Another facet of this is that even though there are people who are financially secure enough now that no matter what an illness costs, or what effects it had, they wouldn’t be “financially ruined”, that may only be in the present. Let’s take Bill Gates for instance. I’m willing to bet that there is no illness severe enough to drain away enough money to financially ruin Bill Gates. I’m also comfortable in the belief that if he never had another productive day in his life he would still be more than financially well off. However, Bill Gates didn’t rise to the level of success he has, or build Microsoft to the size company it is, by being “pretty good” at what he does. He did it by being either the best, or as close to it as you can get, at what he was doing every step of the way (well except for maybe Vista and Windows 8, but I would point out those flops came along well after Microsoft and Bill Gates had long been huge successes). Not only that, he was also in the right place at the right time. So what if during Mr. Gates mid twenties he had developed some serious debilitating medical problem that had sidelined him for a couple years? Personally, I think desk top computing would look a lot different now under those circumstances. I also have to wonder how many of Bill Gates’ competitors were knocked out of the game by some kind of accident or illness along the way that disrupted their lives. So in instances like I described above, “financial ruin” would have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not the nanny state was there to “pick up the tab”.
At the end of the day, all of us, including Barack Obama whether he realizes it or not, are at the mercy of events beyond our control. We are all one chance event, medical or otherwise, away from huge changes in our lives each and every living, breathing moment. Certainly prudent actions and properly seeing to one’s affairs can smooth some things out, but a politician trying to convince me that an expensive government program, administrated against my wishes, by some bureaucrat is going to smooth all the “medical rough spots” out of my life is just more than I can swallow. As far as I’m concerned, the fact that at least a portion of the people pushing this (Obamacare) seem to really believe in it speaks volumes about how out of touch some of the leftists are.
The way I see it, government no more has the ability to prevent us from being “one major illness away from financial ruin” than it does to cure or prevent poverty (which continually increases despite the trillions of dollars wasted in the “war on poverty” by the federal government). Why, our government has shown that it can’t even make us energy independent when we have the largest known energy reserves of any country in the world (if we do finally achieve energy independence, it will be in spite of, not because of, the federal government).
Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and others seem to think they can convince us this is all “for our own good”, by trying to tell us they can save us from financial ruin. Personally, I have to say their continued insistence on Obamacare for us, while exempting themselves, says plenty about both them and Obamacare.
Bruce Kreitler is the author of Obamageddon (the Culmination of the Progressive Looting of America) and posts this and other articles at BruceKreitler.com.