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April 8, 2013

Obamacare: Do “Good Intentions” Matter?

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Quote of the Day: “With the rise of the state, statesmen became possible—men whose vision embraced truly grand adventures and enterprises in exploitation, oppression, plunder, and mass mayhem.” – Robert Higgs

 

I wrote this letter telling Congress to repeal the “Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare).

 

I invite you to write a letter of your own, or borrow from or copy from this…

 

Remember…

 

* If something is immoral for an individual to do personally, then…
* it’s also immoral for an individual to do it as an agent of The State.

 

So let me ask. Would you…

 

 

* point a gun at a doctor…
* force him or her to fill out a bunch of forms…
* and mandate (or prohibit) certain treatments or drugs?

 

Is this moral?

 

Can such threats of violence POSSIBLY “help” patients?

 

Can “good intentions” trump morality?

 

Doesn’t aggression and coercion create unintended consequences?

 

Consider the unintended consequences of Obamacare. As  Shikha Dalmia notes (http://bit.ly/Z3CmWp), Obamacare’s incentives encourage…

 

* employers to drop coverage for employees…
* individuals to forgo insurance until they get sick, leading to…
* premium hikes of 20% or more

 

Plus, doctors are responding to the aforementioned threats. Obamacare will lead to doctor shortages, as many will retire sooner than planned rather than deal with its burdens. (http://fxn.ws/10kHhNO)

 

Is any of this a surprise?

 

Obamacare was ill-conceived from the start, and couldn’t “work” because its foundation is _coercion_ rather than free, voluntary choice.

 

Repealing Obamacare, and getting the federal government out of medical care completely, is the only MORAL course.

 

Because you are my employee, I order you to follow this moral path.

 

If you don’t, that’s just another piece of evidence that this “government” has lost its legitimacy.  

 

END LETTER

 

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James Wilson
Policy Research Director
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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