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Obama: Give Up Your TV and Phone to Fund Other People’s Healthcare

The president asking you to prioritize health insurance over your cable and cell isn't the problem. It's why he asked.

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Walter Hudson

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March 13, 2014 - 6:35 am

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By now you may have caught the LIBRE Initiative report of President Obama telling a town hall audience to consider cutting personal expenses to afford health insurance under the [Un]affordable Care Act. Here’s the quote:

[Obama] responded to a question received via email, from a consumer who makes $36,000 per year and cannot find insurance for a family of three for less than $315 per month. The President responded that “if you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill… it may turn out that, it’s just they haven’t prioritized health care.” He added that if a family member gets sick, the father “will wish he had paid that $300 a month.”

Imagine a Republican politician saying the same thing. The leftist media would go apoplectic.

While that may appear to be a partisan double standard, the truth has more to do with ideology than parties. A Republican telling people to prioritize healthcare expenses over their cable or cell phone would likely do so in a free-market context where such priorities would serve the consumer’s individual interest. Obama, by contrast, asks people to sacrifice for the sake of others.

Obamacare depends upon its mandated enrollments to fund its mandated benefits, a process designed to redistribute wealth. Since paying for others is considered morally superior to paying for yourself in Obama’s worldview, he advises cancelling your cable or cell phone to pay for Obamacare. A Republican offering the same advice in a free-market context would be castigated not primarily for the notion of prioritization, but for the notion of self-reliance. Prioritizing to benefit yourself — bad. Prioritizing to benefit others — good.

The philosophical underpinning of Obama’s comment is altruism, the idea that you exist for the sake of others. The countervailing idea, that you exist for your own sake, is egoism. Obama gets away with his comment not because he’s a Democrat so much as because our culture embraces altruism and bristles at egoism.

Critics of the president would do well to focus on that point rather then the “audacity” of suggesting families might need to prioritize one expense over another. Indeed, families will always need to prioritize one expense over another. That’s part of being an adult in the real world. An alternative to Obamacare should not promise a world without prioritization, but a world where the priorities which individuals choose redound to their own benefit.

Walter Hudson advocates for individual rights, serving on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota, and as president of the Minority Liberty Alliance. He hosts a daily podcast entitled Fightin Words, proudly hosted on Twin Cities Newstalk Podcast Network. Walter is a city council member in Albertville, MN. Follow his work via Twitter and Facebook.

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In other words; "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Pure Communism.
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
He's a jackass, but the follow up question should be, if his kid gets sick how much deductible will the parent have to pay before the insurance even kicks in, if anything? He and the supporters of Obamacare do this all the time. They pretend that, even though the premiums are expensive if you need a Dr your covered without worrying about how to pay. They NEVER mention the 3K to 5K deductibles that come with those plans. The only people who can afford the low deductible plans are the very rich and the very poor (since the government helps to pay). Everyone else should prepare to dig deep if medical treatment ever becomes necessary.
36 weeks ago
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That smirking image is repugnant.
36 weeks ago
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It's almost like all these bugs with O-care were designed in.

Next step; single-payer. Good luck with that.
34 weeks ago
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36 weeks ago
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I'll have to go out and buy a television set -- which up to now I wouldn't give houseroom. While I'm at it, I'll have to buy a cell phone to replace my perfectly serviceable land line. I'm doing my part. Right? Right! /sarc

Ben Hartley
36 weeks ago
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Your taxes will be assigned to support illegal aliens when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
This is your money being given away. Please get out and VOTE in the Primary elections and in the 2014 November mid-term election.
36 weeks ago
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Remember kids, your cell phone is your proxy for having a real life. The President and his highly talented staff want you to get out there and experience the unvarnished reality of living in His newly remade America.

By the way, thanks for supporting the progressive Ponzi scheme. I'll need at least 10 of you little darlings to support me in the manner to which I have become accustomed. Bless your hearts, kids.
36 weeks ago
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Yeah sure. This is the guy who is a millionaire with siblings living in poverty in Kenya and Indonesia and he hasn't sent them a penny.
You see, they're only generous with YOUR MONEY. Their idea of sharing is everything they have is theirs and everything you have is theirs.
Liberalism is theft by government, because you know they hate guns.
36 weeks ago
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Note to The 1d10t Obama; 315 per month x 12 months= 3780
3780 + 12000 deductible = 15780
15780 / 12 months = 1315 real dollars per month for Your (Un) Affordable Health Care.
36000 pay / 12 months = 3000, so the health care cost is almost 1/2 the emailer's monthly income.
The Obama = friggin Moron...
36 weeks ago
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As always, the ugly left, here personified by Obama. tells you that you must sacrifice, expect and do less, have less. And of course for the mystical "greater good", which as a claim on your life never goes away, despite the trillions being spent, the taxes that will be raised, the deficits that will continue to increase. All for the purpose of an enjoyable misery observed by an empowered, twisted Left.
Thank you Ayn Rand, you were so ahead of your time and so right about the collectivist destructionists.
36 weeks ago
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to pay for their health insurance? Those Obamacare subsidies are your tax money. Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this, but from then on FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE you will pay those higher rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats all voted for it, they can’t be depended on to join the effort. It’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is for all government levels. Remember, it’s YOUR money so vote your pocketbook. This situation is hardly different from your taxes being assigned to support an illegal alien, and that will happen when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx Also, medical taxes go up in 2014. See http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-taxes.php Join with us to our mutual benefit in the Primary elections and in November 2014.
36 weeks ago
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Problem is Obama doesn't want people to sacrifice for others...he wants them to sacrifice for him.
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