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.
The SG talks about liberty: "millions of people with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and as a result of the health care... they will be unshackled from the disabilities that those diseases put on them and have the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of liberty." There's freedom inside all this compulsion and coercion, because when the government supplies your needs, then you can enjoy life. That's the argument!
By definition one does not become "free" of chronic conditions. The best one can ever hope for is access to medical diagnosis, advice, and drugs that reduce the impact of the chronic condition. And cost controls put in place to try and make such diagnosis, advice, and drugs as inexpensive to government as possible will not increase access to those things. Obamacare will reduce access by increasing demand while doing NOTHING to increase supply.
And no amount of "free" health insurance is going to prevent people from continuing to live the lifestyle that so frequently leads to chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart conditions.
Please note that I am NOT claiming that everyone who has chronic diabetes or heart disease or any other chronic condition has it because of their lifestyle. But particularly in the cases of rather common conditions such as diabetes and heart disease (not to mention some less common forms of STD which are essentially "lifestyle" diseases), lifestyle is the primary cause for development of the chronic condition. And quite often lifestyle changes can lessen the impact of the chronic disease as effectively as medical treatment.
There is no "freedom" from chronic disease. Not with public dole insurance, private insurance, or no insurance. Once you have it that's it.
Lets make this more efficient, lets cut out the middleman. Why not just provide the "millions of people with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease" with a gun and allow them to hold up the rich and middle class directly. Why not pass a constitutional amendment called the "then you can enjoy life" amendment where everyone who is poor or in need has a civil right to holdup anyone richer then them using a gun if the rich people don't recognize your civil rights. We can reassign lawyers at the DOJ to enforce this new right (opps, we already do that).