We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In my weekend column, I write that government health care "redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in a way that hands all the advantages to statists — to those who believe government has a legitimate right to regulate human affairs in every particular."
But don't worry, you'd be surprised how you get used to it.
Schumer: You will get new health care no matter what. Meaning, I suppose, whether you want it or not.
No, some of us would never get used to it. People who can imagine how things should be, instead of choosing between a false dichotomy.
I would never get used to having the state tell me I couldn't homeschool, either. (And I just read from another homeschooler that there is an interesting part of the bill that mentions nurses doing home visits to determine school readiness. Aiyiyi.)
There are several reasons to fight Obamacare and any variation thereof:
#1: It is not within the authority or the responsibility of the federal government to manage health care funding on a broad basis. Even Medicare and Medicaid are deeply suspect as federal programs. This reason is so important that it's three places down to the next reason.
#4: It is anti-freedom. We will be beset with a host of regulations, "small and uniform", that will try to govern our life choices in a thousand thousand ways. The "individual mandate", without which even the least horrendous versions can't operate, is the worst anti-freedom element of all.
#5: Healthcare services and innovation will almost certainly lose ground. It wasn't the Post Office that came up with overnight delivery coast-to-coast. Our public library offers nothing comparable to Netflix.
#6: It will cost more than anybody thinks now, even the worst pessimistic assumption. See Medicare and Medicaid, Indian Health, VA, Canada, UK, etc.