Obamacare. Although still a controversial topic, more than three years after its passage and adoption, government-mandated healthcare doesn’t draw as much attention as it once did. Most of us have gotten used to the fact that we’ll have to deal with it.
But every now and then, I’m flabbergasted that such a law was passed, let alone found constitutional. How can this have happened?
And then I’m even more horrified that in between those waves of shock, I had gotten used to the idea that purchasing a product can be mandatory for every single American. And I know it’s not just me. As our attention spans reach their limit and eventually snap, even leaders who should continue fighting government growth cave in to political pressure and misleading offers of “free” federal funding. Since Obamacare’s going into effect is inevitable, we may as well tag along for the ride, right?
That’s one of the many dangers of public policy: becoming complacent. Just because a law has been around for a while doesn’t mean it’s a good or even mediocre one. When an offense to liberty or our nation’s values occurs, we can’t let it fade into the background when more interesting or sensational topics hit the news.
Obamacare will only make struggling programs like Medicaid worse, grow government and burden families. As Attorney General Greg Abbott put it last week, Obamacare is “ultimately going to implode.” It will only worsen the unsustainable path the federal government is on: spending, spending, and more spending. It may have swung a Supreme Court thumbs-up, but that doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t keep fighting in Congress to repeal and replace.
The conservative movement must maintain constant vigilance. (Did I just quote Harry Potter in a post on healthcare reform? Yes, yes I did.) We can’t give up on – or, rather, we can’t forget about – such pivotal issues as this. Obamacare may be the law of the land, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep pushing to change it.