John Mark Reynolds on the Health Care Bill

I don’t agree with the way he states everything in the article, but John Mark Reynolds gives some good thoughts on the health care bill. Here is one of his most significant points:

The more serious problem is what it might begin to do to us as human beings.

Giving more power to the central government harms human liberty. A physically healthy man who is not free and able to flourish as a man is not in an enviable state. I would not trade my liberty for comfort or care. As hard as it is to say, I would not trade my children’s liberty for government health care.

When the government makes me buy health insurance, it might be forcing me to do something I should do, but it is taking away the moral virtue of doing it. The profligate man will be protected from his profligacy, but this is not good if the goal is to create men who are good and not just conformists.

Some laws are necessary, but surely few think we live in a society with too few regulations?

And these points are excellent as well:

Giving more power to the central government harms human life. Pro-life groups, including those supportive of government health care, are unified: this new law will have the government pay to kill innocent human life. Lives saved by government spending on health care will be balanced by lives lost by government spending on abortion.

Giving more power to the central government harms human happiness. Men use their private property to create beauty. This bill will increase taxes and decrease the ability of thousands of fellow citizens to decide what to do with their own money. Happiness is best achieved by learning to flourish: body and soul. Fewer resources will give individuals less ability to decide what they need.

Government health care or too much government regulation is an assault on our diversity. It threatens to make all-important moral decisions at a central place. Instead of many solutions from a multitude of religions and communities, we will be left with one solution. Our basic unity will be strained if too much conformity is demanded on the individuals that make up our union.

Failure to support this new regime is not then a failure to support increased health care. I support laws that would make it easier to give to charity and to save for health care tax-free. I support regulation of the big insurance companies that can outgrow state regulation. I support some central government help, Reagan’s social safety net, for those who fall through the cracks of the family, community, and church structures.

I do not support this liberty and life destroying law.

  • Tyler

    Just what we’ve been talking about in regards to law–not the ideal answer to the human condition. Thx for posting this.

  • Andrew Richardson

    Mate, as an Australian, the angst about this issue is just strange. We’ve had universal health care for decades and I’m confident that we’re still just as free as you guys. And it’s honestly a great blessing to pay for health care through my taxes and not have to worry about private insurance.

  • Tom

    Thank you for posting this. This is the clearest explanation of the moral problems of the healthcare reform bill as passed.

  • Mike

    a good perceptive article,i’m interested in it.