Healthcare: Dissent

By: Jim Allard

The White House wants citizens to report dissenting views on health care reform, which it calls “disinformation.” Here’s what I sent to flag@whitehouse.gov:

Here is some “disinformation” for your files.

Not only is the current administration dedicated to eliminating private insurance, the evidence offered by the White House as a rebuttal only reinforces this dedication.

Under the euphemism of “health insurance consumer protections” the President wants to:

  • Dictate who an insurance company must cover.
  • Dictate how much they may charge.
  • Dictate what types of contracts they can issue.
  • Dictate that they must provide full coverage for preventative care – free of charge.
  • Dictate that they must cover those with preexisting conditions, on demand, without the need for carrying insurance while they were healthy.

This is a direct assault on private insurance, fascist-style. Under the President’s health care “reform” insurance companies would remain private in name only, while every aspect of their activities would be controlled by government decree.

“Private” means that it is up to insurance companies to decide how to run their businesses. It means that consumers and insurance companies deal with one another by voluntary trade and contractual agreements, not by government mandates.

Proscribing and prescribing essential business decisions such as who to contract with and what to charge for one’s services means the end of private business.

Here’s what the dictionary has to say about fascism (The American College Dictionary, New York: Random House, 1957):

The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal.

This is the nature of Obama’s health care reform and, ominously, the nature of the White House’s attempt to keep track of dissenters.

The White House has no business asking citizens to report to the government the views and criticisms of private individuals. Government is not the arbiter of what is and is not “disinformation.” Government is a servant hired to protect the rights of individuals to express their ideas free of interference – most importantly free from being scolded or reprimanded, verbally or otherwise, by that government.

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4 Responses to “Healthcare: Dissent”
  1. Adam says:

    The insurance companies have the right to stop doing business in the U.S.A.

  2. ashleykarenroy says:

    It is a government’s function to protect individual rights; if a man has to leave this country to exercise those rights, the government is corrupt and every man should call it so.

    I wonder, if Washington sent gunmen into the streets, would you evade the rights violation by claiming that citizens are free to stay in their homes?

    But imagine that the best minds do leave our country. Will you support your freedom to suffer the consequences, or will you clamor that it isn’t fair? How far will you take this “right” to the services they provide? This “right” to dictate the terms of those services? How long before you notice the contradiction of a “right” to anyone’s life but yours?

  3. Brad says:

    We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    If we do not have equal access to that which can protect our own health (our life), what use are the accumulation of goods?

    If the “best” minds leave the US because they can no longer work for insurance companies instead of switching to another industry, we haven’t lost much.

    • ashleykarenroy says:

      Brad, most fundamentally, what is required to survive is the ability to place one’s mind in the service of one’s life. Ask yourself, what makes health care – a tremendous, life-serving value – possible? It is the reason and productivity of individuals. How can you claim the right to a value that somebody else had to *create*? What gives you the right to dictate to them how they should use their minds and on what terms they are allowed to profit by the values they’ve made possible?

      Moreover, ask yourself, Why do you want to live? Is it for the sake of being healthy? No, that reverses cause and effect. Your health is a value *because* life is the primary value – the standard and source of every derivative value. At ultimate, the values man’s life requires are attainable only through the productive use of his reasoning mind, the product of which he retains or trades in accordance with his judgment. Only a social system based on this recognition is consistent with “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

      Rights, as demonstrated by Ayn Rand, are not god-given or self-evident, but are rooted in man’s nature, and what his survival requires. They are the institutionalized recognition that to live, man must be free from the threat of force and fraud, for coercion is antithetical to reason and the means by which men trade value for value.

      The system you propose instead institutionalizes force; it does not regard man as an end in himself, but regards him as a slave to the needs of others. Apply this idea consistently and you will find that when others are forced to live for you, and you are forced to live for others, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” hasn’t any meaning.

      When modern scientists, pharmaceuticals, doctors and insurers didn’t exist, the masses had no one they could force to provide them with knowledge, medicine, medical care or risk management. Now, the men who made such values possible – who have made life ever more possible – are the ones you condemn for violating the rights of individuals because they are unwilling to sacrifice the very values they created.

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