Harry Reid, Health Care, And Being Owned


If an American citizen wants the comfort of guaranteed care, he will have to pay a steep price. Freedom and slavery is a continuum–with indentured servitude, heavy taxation and other crimps in economic style falling in between the absolute ideals.

One could argue that the health care legislation being proposed by Harry Reid et al. pushes the balance toward enslavement. That is, Americans will pay more in taxes. They will be forced by the government to do something (buy insurance) they may not want or need to do. They will be forced to accept government standards of care. They will have less choices both in their private financial decisions (since more money will be spent on government mandates rather than personal desires) and in their health care decisions.

In short, Americans will be less free, but ostensibly have more guarantees of safety.

Yet Harry Reid made the outrageous observation that anyone who opposes this legislation are like those (majority Democrats) who opposed civil rights legislation. That is, he analogized those who oppose government tyranny with those who defended personal tyranny. Here’s what Reid said:

Reid on Monday said Republicans were displaying the same mindset as those who defended slavery.

“If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right,” Reid said. “When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough.’ ”

He then defended his remarks.

It seems to me that Harry Reid should be more careful with his analogies. As offensive as it is to put those who oppose this bill in the same category as those who “belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery”, it’s even more offensive to note that the exact inverse of what he said is true.

Those who fight the health care legislation fear being owned. They fear that every personal decision from cradle to grave will be manipulated by a nameless, faceless bureaucrat in Washington D.C. They fear easily accessible files, not unlike the IRS, where a government employee can know every private piece of information about the citizen’s life. They fear health care decisions made for financial expedience. In short, those who fight against this health care bill, don’t want to be owned by the government.

So, it’s rich that Harry Reid calls those opposing the health care legislation as modern slavery defenders. Incredible, really. Harry Reid needs to look in the mirror. It is he who wants to control every aspect of a person’s health care life. If he has his way, the taxpayer will be paying for more programs with less quality.

Harry Reid is all about ownership…as long as the government owns and the taxpayer is enslaved.

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