Our President claims he can offer people the chance to be free from the demands of reality by making others pick up the tab.
But no one can be free from the requirements of reality---the necessity of creating the values you need to sustain your life. Freedom is not a metaphysical concept but a political one, one whose true meaning is to be free from the coercive acts of others.
If allowed to stand, the PPACA will extend the power of government, further depriving us of the freedom we need to sustain our lives: the freedom to use our own minds, set our our values and priorities, and to act on our own choices. The PPACA will extend the current erroneous legal precedent that government can rightfully dictate the contents of private contracts and exchanges, along with regulating items we produce for our own private use as "interstate commerce" (see Wickard v. Filburn.) In addition, the government will be allowed to dictate what we must and must not purchase, and with whom, and for what price.
The PPACA is one of the biggest intrusions into our economic freedom in recent years. No individual or business will be left unaffected--and few, if any, restrainsts will be left on the power of government over our economic lives. And since freedom is of a piece, loss of economic freedoms will eventually require the erosion of freedom in all other realms.
What does repeal of ObamaCare really mean? It means resurrecting the Rule of Law and reasserting the Constitution as a limit on government power, and the purpose of government as the protector of individual rights.
This ribbon is to raise awareness of the recent damage our government has caused to health care freedom and the integrity of the doctor-patient relationship. Under the new law (PPACA), physicians will be compelled to base their advice and treatment on politically determined goals, even when in conflict with the best interest of their individual patients.
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