Admin To Make Obamacare A Moral Issue?


Supporters of Obamacare want to see it turn into a moral issue, and it looks like President Obama and his administration going to do just that. They say they want to make an appeal to the religious left “tailored to the groups’ moral emphases.” I already went over the qualms that I have with the “religious left” in my post about the morality of Obamacare. I think turning this into a moral issue is a huge mistake for the administration.

For years conservatives have lived and died on moral issues. Morality and religion is the conservatives home court. Not only is the left not used to fighting issues based on morality, they are going to find it hard to fight on the side of morality for the same reasons that conservatives find it hard to back up their moral shortcomings.

Won’t it look a little contrived if all of the sudden the administration starts turning this into a moral issue and throwing out all kinds of moral rhetoric?

From The Wall Street Journal:

The president is expected to present a more emotional appeal during a conference call Wednesday with liberal religious groups. A senior White House official said the message would be tailored to the groups’ moral emphases, although he cautioned the president’s message to religious groups may not herald a broader shift in themes.

“This is such a technical issue, it’s easy to get bogged down in the weeds,” said Dan Nejfelt, a spokesman for Faith in Public Life, one of the groups scheduled for the Wednesday call. “It’s important to have a voice saying, ‘This is about right and wrong. This is about honoring faith.'”

Again, I will ask the great moral question about Obamacare. Is it virtuous and good for a society to, at gunpoint, have money taken away from its people to help those in need? I find nothing virtuous about wealth redistribution. It is not a good thing for society, it hurts society, creating less givers, more takers, and a whole lot of angry and unhappy people. Unhappy people, who either can’t get the money or care from the government that they wanted to get because it will be rationed. And angry people that are seeing their hard earned money taken away by the federal government. It is a loose-loose situation, whereas charity is not.

There has to be a better way than government take over. The free market works by creating incentives and making commerce easier. We do not have that in America right now. We should at least try to fix what we have now before we start turning everything upside down. Until we’ve done that, at least tried, via allowing insurance to be sold over state lines and tort reform, I see no need for an overhaul and nationalization of the system.

How about the president gives a call to the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, and have him formulate something that works. Because even his UK employees, that have nationalized health insurance, want HSA plans because it provides the employee more options via health care.

The fight is not over people. This president is known for his good branding abilities. He will take the message and repackage it, change the definition of some words and make it look new and better, when its nothing more than the same old thing. Don’t fall for it.

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