Elections have consequences. The president signed a law which forces citizens to purchase a product simply on the virtue that they are alive. Our Supreme Court upheld the law, giving the government the power to tax inactivity. When the law is fully implemented, we may see a shift from our role as citizens to subjects. Instead of “pay for play,” it will become “pay, if you play our way.” We are moving slowly down this path, and can begin to see the cliff before us. Still, there is time to slow the process and change course.
Knowing the risk and the history of government healthcare in places such as wartime Germany and peacetime United Kingdom, I was opposed to the implementation of a similar system in the United States. While our government mocked the concept of death panels, we read of “death pathways” for sick children and seniors in England today. I worked with conservatives across the country to battle the health bill prior to passage. Though the bill ultimately was signed into law, we were successful in passing a Healthcare Freedom Amendment to the constitution of the state of Ohio.
The healthcare amendment has allowed our state to avoid setting up the state health exchange.
Healthcare has noticeably changed since passage, and it is only partially implemented. Costs are up and service quality is down. We experienced this first-hand during my wife’s pregnancy with our second child, when for me this fight changed from political to personal. This is Zoe’s story.
The doctors examining the ultrasounds consistently made unwelcome suggestions during the pregnancy. They would find something “abnormal” on a test, and request another scan. At the rescan, they would rule out the first concern, but find another. Each ultrasound yielded several thousand dollars for the hospital, and some yielded (several thousand) tears for our family.
Despite being at a Catholic hospital and being clear with our beliefs about life, each visit ended with “you know, you have options.” This language is code for abortion.
In Judaism, it is said that “if you save a life, you save the world.” It is true we had options, more than the ones they suggested. Had we been less grounded or less educated, we could have been scared into risking this world.