"Once abolish God and the government becomes the God." -G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yes, It's Socialized Medicine

Lost in the debate over the contraception mandate and how it infringes upon religious liberty protected by the first amendment (and it does) is that even for the non-religious individual, a health care choice has been stripped completely from their hands and placed in the hands of one authoritarian master, the HHS Secretary. I can think of a number of people who have no need for contraception besides the family-planning Catholic, either because they are celibate, sterile, a monogamous gay couple, or seniors past their child-bearing years. And yet the government has asked them to subsidize everybody else's frisky urge (and STD) from the promiscuous teenager to the common street prostitute.

If every health insurance plan is required to cover "free" contraception by government fiat, there is in fact only one plan and no choice. The Left can act all they want like health insurance still operates in a free market, but twenty companies offering five different plans with 85% of coverage mandated by the HHS Secretary doesn't leave much room for choice. It's really a front for socialized medicine with the option to buy from several different intermediaries.

The appearance of choice is not choice at all, and it's certainly not freedom. It's the worst kind of tyranny in many ways, because the government lies about the citizen's alternatives to keep them from revolting, disguising their motives because they know that it's not the will of a free people. This is the matrix Obama and the Democrats have created around us, and I'm afraid the contraception controversy is just the beginning. Of course it's unconstitutional, but it's also a very intentional transformation of the relationship between the individual and the state in favor of the state.

Another power grab orchestrated by the Left. Let history judge those who went along with it harshly.