By now most Americans are familiar with the broad outline of ObamaCare: Everyone is required by law to purchase health insurance, with a tax penalty assessed upon those who fail to comply. Insurers may not refuse to cover those with pre-existing conditions nor charge them higher rates. The federal government is expanding its role in providing health insurance. And did I mention that all of this is supposedly going to reduce both healthcare costs and the federal deficit?
“Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama’s administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March,” reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
A federal district court judge in Richmond, Virginia, denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss the Commonwealth of Virginia’s lawsuit challenging the insurance mandate of ObamaCare. The August 2 decision clears the way for a trial on the merits of Virginia’s claim.
The growing movement for state nullification of ObamaCare may get another boost on August 3. Missouri’s primary election, to be held on Tuesday, August 3, includes a ballot question asking voters if state law should be amended to “deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful health care services.”
This final installment in the series focuses on the financial sleights-of-hand that serve both to feather the psychiatric nest and promote legislation that aids and abets the cause of biological psychiatry and with it, the Nanny State.
The unintended consequences of ObamaCare continue to pile up. The latest is that some insurance companies are now refusing to write new policies that cover children as individuals, reports the Associated Press.
On July 19 The New American reported that under ObamaCare the federal government has begun funding abortions through state high-risk insurance pools. Pennsylvania and Maryland have both received approval from the federal Department of Health and Human Services for their state plans and will receive federal funding, and both states’ plans seem to include abortion coverage. This story was based in large part on reports from CNSNews.com and press releases from the National Right to Life Committee.
After some 40 years of psychiatry-based "parenting," free societies are experiencing behaviors by out-of-control children virtually unknown in the 1950s — first-graders biting and kicking their teachers; adolescents blowing away their classmates; pre-teens cursing, spitting, and vandalizing while adults look on. Advocates for a Nanny State see all this as a wedge to further their controlling agenda. Anyone curious as to where we're headed need look no further than the United Kingdom's now-institutionalized ASBO legislation.
The Obama administration continues to show itself as a master of the spin. During the heavy campaign to promote the healthcare law, President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assured the American people that the penalty for individuals who opt out of receiving health insurance was not a tax. Now that 20 states have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the healthcare law’s individual mandate, however, the government claims it is merely exercising its “power to lay and collect taxes.”
The government seems intent upon forcing itself into our own health issues, rather like in 1984, wherein the slaves of Oceania were compelled to exercise before the video-screen, regardless of whether the individual wished to or not. Obamacare — socialized medicine — has been the dream of statists for a long time. They wish to reduce man to the status of animals. We may, perhaps, be well cared for cattle, but we are cattle nonetheless.