Katie Kieffer

ObamaCare attacks justice and gratitude—virtues that are foundational to our country—as well as friendship, which is a manifestation of the gratitude we feel toward God and our parents (for life) and our benefactors (for aid). How does ObamaCare do this? By trying to convince Americans that older and sicker people have a claim on younger and healthier people’s paychecks. After all, the only way ObamaCare “works” is if millions of young people sign up for overpriced plans. Some liberals tout this as magnanimous, but an action cannot be big-hearted, generous or virtuous when it is involuntary—when you are only “giving” because you are afraid of the IRS.

Gratitude is Owed to Individuals, NOT to the Government

Obama is picking up where he left off on the campaign trail in 2012, pressuring Americans to feel indebted to and grateful for Big Brother:

“Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. …If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

"So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the G.I. Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. …and that’s the reason I’m running for President—because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together." (emphasis added) –Obama in 2012

It is fitting and right for us each to acknowledge and thank the mentors, teachers and benefactors who have helped us achieve success in our lives. Unfortunately, Obama conflated being grateful to individual people with being grateful to the government. He used false examples of government success, like the government “created the middle class” (actually, freedom allowed millions of individuals to create their own wealth and rise into the middle class) and “the government created the Internet” (actually, its framework was invented by a private individual named Bill Joy).

For five years, Obama tried to sound like he was promoting gratitude, but he was manipulating words and encouraging Americans to feel “appreciative” for the government controlling their lives. He pressured us to feel thankful for growing government jurisdiction when, in truth, we could be better off with more freedom to utilize our own ingenuity. As we can see from ObamaCare’s disastrous rollout and Obama’s broken promises—the government cannot “create” or improve healthcare. We need not feel beholden to politicians for wasting our money. Rather, we should be frustrated with Obama for destroying the economy so that our only option for health insurance is a big question mark with a bigger price tag.

Let’s encourage our friends to help us counter Obama’s repugnant philosophy of false entitlement with a philosophy of gratitude for our lives, freedom and resources—embracing friendship and justice—and we’ll be on the right path to finding a cure for ObamaCancer.

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.