Monday, August 29, 2016

Obamacare's Meltdown

"Well, we're not in the middle of nowhere. But we can see it from here."
--Thelma Dickinson (Thelma & Louise)

Ron Paul discusses the socioeconomic meltdown that is Obamacare. He captures the gist of the problem here:

"Government has no legitimate authority to take money from taxpayers to fund healthcare or any other type of welfare program."

Healthcare is not a right. In order for people to consume healthcare services that they did not earn, others must be obligated to provide those services. In socialized medicine, that obligation is enforced by the strong arm of government.

As RP notes, this does not mean that a safety net is not a good idea for providing healthcare for those who cannot provide for themselves. But, to be durable, that safety net must be voluntary, and could be patterned after charitable institutions in place prior to the advent of socialized medicine.

Because Obamacare is far away from a peaceful solution to a social problem, it is destined to run off the cliff that it is hurtling toward.

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