So here you have it: Mrs. Blackwood “had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren’t happy with that because . . . they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn’t cover her condition and it’s completely unaffordable.”
This is no abstract political bargaining chip. It is the life of your mother, your child, your spouse. Mr. Blackwood is under no illusions about the state of American health care before Obamacare. He well understands that there were things wrong with it. And he understands that the intention—or at least the professed intention—of the Act was to provide coverage for those who didn’t have it. (In fact, as I have often had occasion to observe in this space, I believe that Obamacare is only incidentally about providing health care. At bottom, in my view, it is about exerting central government control over more of your life.)
But let’s leave intentions—be they good or malevolent, or, possibly, both good and malevolent—to one side. Surely, as Mr. Blackwood points out, “there is something deeply and incontestably perverse about a law that so distorts and undermines the free activity of individuals that they can no longer buy and sell the goods and services that keep them alive. ObamaCare made my mother’s old plan illegal, and it forced her to buy a new plan that would accelerate her disease and death.” (Remember what that kooky dame Sarah Palin said about “death panels”? Really, that’s just another name for “triage.”)
There is certainly room for creative thinking about fixing the American health care system. One thing that the disaster of Obamacare should have taught us is the folly of believing that we can contrive a centrally planned, one-size-fits-all solution that can be effectively administered from Washington, D.C.
This is the sad, the enraging truth:
The “Affordable” Care Act is a brutal, Procrustean disaster. In principle, it violates the irreducible particularity of human life, and in practice it will cause many individuals to suffer and die.
You won’t find chilly, insulated elites like Nancy Pelosi or Barack Obama admitting it, but the blood of Mrs. Blackwood and millions of other Americans harmed by their thoughtless legislation is on their heads. Obamacare is a totalitarian scheme masquerading as a humanitarian enterprise. Its human cost is incalculable, but already, just a few months in, we’re beginning to get a sense of the suffering it will cause. When your treatment for cancer is disallowed, when your daughter cannot get the medicine she needs, when your mother’s insurance is cancelled, will you still go gently into that good night of liberal sanctimony? Or will you finally realize that when Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” this might not have been the beneficent program the New York Times and other such outlets led you to believe?