Obamacare's Elitist Conceit Is Mugged By the Truth

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Liberals on Obamacare: "You want answers?

Americans: "I think I'm entitled to them."

Congratulations liberal central planners; your ultimate goal of having government take over the healthcare industry, and control over life and death, is well on its way.

Looking at what was promised under Obamacare and there is no wonder why people were dazzled by what it offered. Of course when you talk in ideals everyone would love to have universal healthcare. People might even believe it is possible. After all, if it can be envisioned, why can't it come to fruition?

Unfortunately for you, Obamacare, as it's affectionately called, is by all means of empirical evaluation not only a disaster, but the quintessential example of why central planning does not work.

In a few short weeks, your utopian ideals have been toppled by a world where humanity and scarcity have come face to face. Ignoring "what is" for the dream of "what could be" and fully misunderstanding the relationship between the ends and the means has been the fatal miscalculation. I'm sure your intentions were sincere and heartfelt, but as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. noted: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance or a conscientious stupidity."

Hayek warned us your healthcare argument would be, "that the complexity of modern civilization creates new problems with which we cannot hope to deal effectively except by central planning." But this thesis "is based on a complete misapprehension of the working of competition. The very complexity of modern conditions makes competition the only method by which a coordination of affairs can be adequately achieved."

Sure, "there would be no difficulty about efficient control or planning were conditions so simple that a single person or board could effectively survey all the facts. But as the factors which have to be taken into account become numerous and complex, no one center can keep track of them."

What you have failed to realize is that although you can create all sorts of utopias in the mind; in the end, you are pitting yourselves against an order in which you, or anyone else for that matter, do not even have the most basic understanding.

You say your plans are based on reason, but the most "important task for human reason rationally [is] to comprehend its own limitations" and "bow to forces and obey principles which we cannot fully hope to understand yet on which the advancement and even preservation of civilizations depend." Obamacare ignores even the most basic of economic principles.

In short, Obamacare is Hayek's "fatal conceit;" where a group of condescending self-anointed elite progressives know what's best for the commoners. The hubris is stunning, coming from a group of people who smugly preach of equality and fairness while sitting in ivory towers dictating the fate of others. Exactly, when did the progressive soul transcend humanity yet retain its human form?

Milton Friedman warned us that "many of those who profess the most individualistic objectives support collectivist means without recognizing the contradiction...Surely that is one answer to the perennial mystery of why collectivism, with its demonstrated record of producing tyranny and misery, is so widely regarded as superior to individualism, with its demonstrated record of producing freedom and plenty."

The hypocrisy was exposed by Ludwig von Mises long ago. You call yourselves liberals, but you are intent upon abolishing liberty. You call yourselves democrats, but you yearn for dictatorship. You call yourselves revolutionaries, but you want to make the government omnipotent. You promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but you plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office.

Although painted with the best of intentions, the inefficient actions of central planning does not make reality any less harmful. In the end, socialism leads to a total breakdown of civility and sharing, the abuse of position, and the collective suffering of the masses due to elites commanding inefficiency and tyranny.

The bottom line on Obamacare: "Every man is, no doubt, by nature, first and principally recommended to his own care; and as he is fitter to care of himself than of any other person" Maybe we should take this advice from Adam Smith and learn that systemic choices of the masses trump elite absolutes. After all, even if a small group believed they could command and create the perfect society, a utopia without freedom is just a fancy name for a prison.

Liberals on Obamacare: "You want answers?!

Americans: "I want the truth".

Liberals on Obamacare: I can't handle the truth!"


Dean Kalahar recently retired from teaching economics and pyschology.  He has authored three books, including The Best of Thomas Sowell, a user-friendly guide to Sowell's insightful thinking on a wide range of social and political issues. 

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