Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
It’s getting harder even for sincere media supporters of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement—the government takeover of health care known as Obamacare—to defend the indefensible. Kirsten Powers has spoken up for the compassionate idea of covering everyone. But she signaled on FOX News that it was getting harder to defend the botched rollout and, now, losing her own coverage, she is looking less and less willing to stand up for this deeply flawed program. Powers attributes all this confusion—and the thirty-five “fixes”Mr. Obama has unilaterally mandated—to “incompetence.”
“Why I’m getting sick of defending Obamacare,” was the blunt title of Ron Fournier’s recent column in National Journal. Like Kirsten Powers, Fournier once hoped that this measure would bring greater equity in health care to millions who lacked coverage.
The failures of Obamacare are not a surprise to conservatives. We have been hostile to this thing from the outset. Not only do we oppose a government takeover of 1/6 of the economy, we have the deepest concerns about the dangers it poses to freedom. Under Obamacare, the states lose their unique standing in the federal system that is the United States of America. They become mere branch offices of HHS. Corporations, non-profit organizations, and individual citizens lose a great measure of freedom from the mandates that Obamacare imposes. As columnist George Will has noted, if Congress can require you to buy health insurance, why can’t it require you to eat broccoli? After all, if health is the rationale, many things contribute to a healthy population. Might we see someday weigh stations on our Interstate Highways—not for trucks, and not for cars—but for the occupants of those vehicles?
Most troubling of all is the HHS Mandate that forces corporations, non-profits, and citizens to violate their consciences by subsidizing drugs that can kill unborn children. This HHS Mandate represented the gravest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.