You now have the right to health insurance. President Obama decreed it in a radio address the White House made available Saturday morning.
So, as Jefferson surely intended, you have a right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and managed care.
What does that mean, exactly, that you have a “right” to health insurance? I get that Obamacare provides everyone with access to insurance. But they’re still charged for it. How do you charge somebody for something that is a right?
As Obamacare falls apart, get ready for Democrats to insist on a government-provided single payer system. Because only government can guarantee your “rights,” not Aetna.
Here’s a portion of Obama’s remarks. Note the vicious attack on Republicans, and Obama’s suggestion that they’re opposing Obamacare just to experience the joy of “sticking it to me.”
Obama is trying to demonize his opposition – although he surely believes anyway that they are demons – to lay the groundwork for stronger medicine like single payer and unilateral executive actions to combat legitimate opposition in the legislature and the states to his policies. You watch.
Many Members of Congress, in both parties, are working hard to inform their constituents about these benefits, protections, and affordable plans. But there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government.
Think about that. They’re actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care just because they’ve been sick – and harming the economy and millions of Americans in the process. And many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically than they are with how badly it’ll hurt the country.
A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be sticking it to you.
Some even say that if you call their office with questions about the law, they’ll refuse to help. Call me old-fashioned – but that’s lousy constituent service. And it’s not what you deserve.
Your health insurance isn’t something to play politics with. Our economy isn’t something to play politics with. This isn’t a game. This is about the economic security of millions of families.
See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly – states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland – competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable.
So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed to. Because in the United States of America, health insurance isn’t a privilege – it is your right. And we’re going to keep it that way.
Here’s the full video of Obama’s remarks: