The correspondent I was answering in yesterday's column took issue with this that I said . . .:
We face a fundamental moral choice in America; taking personal responsibility for our own healthcare decisions in a free market, or reneging that responsibility to government bureaucrats with totalitarian powers. So far, the healthcare totalitarians are winning, and here's the shame of it: The totalitarians are winning, not for any lofty purpose, but because the renegers who want escape from personal responsibility are growing at the expense of the self-responsible. Thus, the government is cashing in with ever-growing power on problems that itself caused.
When he retorted:
Take personal responsibility for your own healthcare? that exactly what Romneys plan in Mass was sold as and Obama care is. Everyone has insurance and pays for their own healthcare.
Taking personal responsibility implies acting on one's own rational judgment, and that requires full respect for and protection of individual rights by government. ObamaCare strips personal judgment from the individual, and replaces our judgment with a slew of bureaucratic boards with arbitrary powers over all of healthcare. The requirement to buy only government-approved health care is not personal responsibility in action. It is tyranny. Only when every provider and consumer of healthcare products and services is fully free to contract voluntarily with each other to mutual advantage can we be said to exercise personal responsibility.
ObamaCare is an attack on personal responsibility. The fact that ObamaCare, RomneyCare, and the like are sold as promoting personal responsibility is outright fraudulent. That so many Americans view obedience to government dictates as the responsible thing to do is a sad commentary on the continuing corruption of the culture wrought by the entitlement mentality.
To be continued.
Responsibility Depends on Individual Rights
Beware Counterfeit 'Responsibility'—by Paul Hsieh
The Irresponsible Individual Mandate—by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins