There has been a lot of talk over the past several days concerning the so-called "ObamaCare" mandate from the current administration, held up yesterday by the Supreme Court even though they called it what the politicians wouldn't for fear of losing reelection: a new tax.
My liberal acquaintances are lauding the SCOTUS upholding this travesty as some sort of win for "universal health care." I have sad news for them - it isn't. It does nothing to set price caps on health care providers. It does nothing to mandate quality of care. It does nothing to set price caps on the insurance companies, nor what they are legally obligated to cover. It does nothing to guarentee that any given health care provider is obligated to accept YOUR insurance policy or chosen insurance company.
It does one thing and one thing only. It obligates you to purchase insurance, whether you want it or not, whether you can Afford it or not. It doesn't give you any sort of tax credit to defray the cost of that insurance once it's purchased, and in fact simply adds a whole butt load of new taxes on both you and your employer concerning your now-mandatory purchase.
At no point in the history of the US have we been so low as to allow the government to dictate what we will or won't purchase as supposedly free citizens in a supposedly consumer driven market. Until now. Now we've effectively given control over our bodies, and our right to purchase or refrain from purchase, to the government. We are no longer free citizens - we are glorified slaves. We no longer have a voice, because only those who are their own masters have that.
I grew up with a sense of pride that I was a citizen of the greatest country in existence today. I no longer feel that pride. If anything, I have a sense of shame that we have allowed this to happen. Yes, WE. We the people. The folks who putting self serving corporate stooges in office. The folks who haven't had the sense to fight back and say "No More! No More Walking all over the Constitution and using it as so much toilet paper! No more bullshit, no more unlimited terms in office, no more corporate stooges, no more politicians living off the public teat but refusing to call it what it is - Welfare on a significantly more massive scale, at $150,000+ a year For LIFE, than any ghetto breeder ever dreamed of bilking out of the pockets of those of us who Work for a living!"
I am saddened, and ashamed, that we have allowed this to come to pass. I'm disheartened to realize just how many blind sheeple are out there who think this is some sort of Victory for the working class folks of this country, and who will willingly hand over what remains of their rights - and mine simply because I'm shouted down - to the very people who are assraping us all on a daily basis.
Say goodbye to the semblance of making your own choices, people. Corporate Amerika and it's stooge the Federal Government now own you.