Give us our health care and do it now

Our government is working hard to pass a health care bill, in case you haven’t been watching. The latest news is Sen. Ted Cruz’s amendment gained the support of the House Freedom Caucus, that group of rabble rousers that the White House and the media both agree to hate.

What does his amendment do? It allows insurers to sell health insurance plans that (quick, head for the fainting couch!) do not comply with Obamacare insurance regulations.

Are you kidding? We have to fight for an amendment for private businesses to do what American private businesses have done for 200 years? Our markets are so jacked up (to use an economic technical term) that the government has to tell each and every company what to sell and to whom to sell it?

The government has stolen America’s health care. They took it in a confiscatory act disguised as a regulation to help us, no better than the British when the passed the Stamp Act (the Sugar Act, the Quartering Act, the Declaratory Acts, and the Townshend Acts).

Our government has done this and more. You say our government has no right to quarter soldiers in our homes, but in fact they are the largest landowner in the country, and west of the Mississippi they can send federal personnel to evict just about anyone they please from homes those people have bought. And they do it to save some species of fish, or bird.

The government has declared it owns the air we breathe, the water we drink, the trees, the sky, and now our bodies and our kids minds.

If we were awake enough to get our faces out of bing-watching Netflix and playing with our iPhones, we’d draft a new Declaration of Independence, from Washington D.C.

Violent war is not the answer. Taking our freedom back piece by piece is the only way to save us from a dystopian future (where a certain level of violence is acceptable, by the way).

I said all that to say this. The government has stolen our health care. They need to give it back. If that means repealing Obamacare with (gasp!) nothing to replace it until our federal lawmakers get their heads on with the face side not pointing at their derrières, they need to do that.

As Keith Richards told the pharmacist, at this point I’ll take whatever you got. But they have to do something. Cruz’s amendment is far from a perfect solution, but it’s something. Repeal with a later replace is fraught with uncertainty (we might end up with a more suffocating bill) but it’s something.

Do we have to march (as Democrats love to do, strewing their trash behind them) to the National Mall to demand our health care and our freedom back?

It’s our health care, it’s our freedom. The government stole it. Give it back, now.

Steve Berman


Editor of The New Americana. God, family, and country, in that order. With the exception of God, the other two cannot prosper without a firm belief in all three.

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