Discussing health care outside the Supreme Court today, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told ThinkProgress that there “shouldn’t” be a law requiring businesses to cover employees who have cancer because that would “create an obligation” for others. “When you create a right for somebody,” Johnson said, “you create an obligation for somebody else, and then you’re taking away that person’s right.”
In a vacuum, classroom or debating club Johnson’s argument would prevail. If I were teaching would use his ideas to force students to think out of the box. Unfortunately for all of us it’s about to happen in the real world.
The upholding of Obamacare opens the door to a Dickensian world where decisions over when to – or if to – treat somebody will boil down to anonymous functionaries, deep in the bureaucratic bowls of Washington, DC and will not be based on the idea of freedom and limited government but rather on politically driven budget goals. At the same time the 99% lives or dies at the whim of political winds, the 1% will be able to pay for superior care…. Just as in the pre-Roe V. Wade world it was the poor and minorities forced by law to be incubators, while those with means (almost universally white) took a nice little vacation in Switzerland.
Same result, different rationale, far worse though because a free people living with a limited government will always have avenues to prosperity. A people weakened by dependency and limited by the Jackboot of an overbearing government will eventually find all avenues to prosperity closed, assuming that they even retain the desire to do so.