Katie Kieffer

Mr. Forward, Barack Obama, is not forwarding health; he’s forwarding cancer. He’s on “one more campaign” to pitch ObamaCare, which is quickly metastasizing into ObamaCancer. Where’s our hope for a cure?

Two weeks ago, President Obama said: “I’ve run my last political campaign, but I’ve got one more campaign in me, and that’s making sure that this law [ObamaCare] works.” Last week, The New York Times reported that Obama has enlisted celebrities and groups like AARP to help him recruit young and healthy Americans to sign up for (and subsidize) ObamaCare. AARP is literally encouraging its members who are mothers to send their children e-cards and invite them to sign up for ObamaCare!

Isn’t that sweet? Obama and AARP “care enough” to take over Hallmark Greeting Cards! It’s embarrassing to watch the President of the United States try to cover up his lies (i.e. ObamaCare will be affordable! and You can keep your plan if you like it!) by recruiting AARP to bully mothers into sending Join ObamaCare e-cards to their children.

ObamaCare will expand our entitlement culture without solving the healthcare crisis for the poor or underinsured. We do need to improve healthcare, but ObamaCancer is not the answer. If the government cannot build a website, itcertainly cannot oversee our personal health.

Before we can explore concrete solutions to ObamaCare—which I will outline in my new book to be published by Crown Forum, in the spring of 2014—we need to reflect on the philosophical sores that afflict ObamaCare. At root, ObamaCare is based on a philosophy of entitlement. Let’s explore why this is wrong, and then explain this to our fellow Americans.

ObamaCare Replaces Gratitude, Justice & Friendship With Entitlement

“Entitlement” is a word that signifies: “having a claim or right to something.” If you lend someone $100, then you are justly entitled to received $100, plus any interest, after an agreed upon time. This form of entitlement is proper. But, entitlement carries a negative connotation when it describes a perceived right or claim, which is the form of entitlement that ObamaCare encourages.

During Thanksgiving week, I reflected on the power of gratitude, a virtue that philosophers like Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas discuss in connection with another virtue, namely justice. Grateful people do not perceive themselves as having an unjust claim on another person’s generosity. Rather, grateful people are just; they recognize that their benefactors freely choose to aid them and they are consequently thankful for this aid—not presumptive of the aid.

Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.