Published: Saturday, Sept. 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
"Why is it we can find money for highways, buildings and prisons but we
can't find money to help poor people with health care?"The
answer is quite simple... Highways, buildings, prisons, provide for the general
welfare... Which is authorized in the US Constitution.Government
provided healthcare, such as Obamacare, is not 'general welfare.'
It's specific welfare. It's the job of the several states to provide
specific welfare if they so desire.
Pouring trillions into an unworkable program is not a moral dilemma - it is
fiscal insanity or suicide and that is where America is steaming toward. Instead
of using common sense laws to solve health care we instead adopt socialism and
call it the affordable care act when it is anything BUT affordable for anyone
including the poor. Go figure.
@Roger Terry "[W]hat I meant by operating on the same principle is spreading
the costs over a large population...."I don't object to
cost sharing. Only let me enter into into it freely, and not be forced into it
by the state. My objection to socialism rests on that distinction. Don't
try to pretend that they are the same thing.
I agree that we owe it to our neighbor who is without health care, and cannot
get it on his own, to provide a viable pathway to receiving it. This was the
basic premise of Medicaide, but Obamacare isn't like Medicaide. We should
have simply expanded Medicaide and raised federal taxes accordingly. The next
best thing would have been to introduce a single-payer solution. What we have
instead is a very complex system which will not work, either economically or
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