From Bambi to Obamacare… When compassion requires death

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Earlier this week I was driving back from the gym around dawn when I saw a deer flailing about in a ditch on the side of the road. I thought it might have been stuck and stopped to see if I could help. As I approached him it became clear that he was not stuck, but had been hit and his legs were broken and couldn’t stand. Not sure what else to do I called the police in hopes they would send a wildlife management team to pick him up.

When the police woman arrived she told me that in such cases they typically end up shooting the animal. She said it was the third one that morning and that she hated that part of the job. Once the second cop showed up so that they could block the scene from the street (so as to not traumatize the kids on the school buses) I said goodbye and left. As bad as I felt about the deer’s demise, his swift end was no doubt better than days of suffering in pain and despair as he lay in that ditch unseen by anyone other than opportunistic vultures and coyotes. Like the scene from Last of the Mohicans where Hawkeye shoots Maj. Heyward as he’s being burned alive at the stake, sometimes the right thing to do, the compassionate thing to do is the most difficult.

And so it goes with Obamacare. For years we’ve heard Republicans talk about delaying and defunding Obamacare. Now that Obamacare has begun its rollout and the pain is inexplicably even worse than predicted, calls for delays and exemptions have been heard everywhere. The GOP should not only ignore those calls, but beat them back when they arise from within their own party.

Why? Because the pain being experienced by citizens across the country is not a symptom of Obamacare, it is the whole point. Obamacare only works if the government can force younger, healthier citizens to subsidize healthcare costs of the older and sicker citizens. Obamacare only works if the government limits your choices in terms of the kinds of policies you want to purchase. Obamacare only works if participating doctors and hospitals acquiesce to allowing bureaucrats to determine how much they earn and who they can treat. Obamacare only works if millions of people are forced to purchase insurance policies that are unlike those they would have or could have purchased on their own.

The bottom line is, Obamacare is a disaster from start to finish, with nothing but hidden landmines along the way. By the time Obamacare is fully implemented the American healthcare system will lay in tatters, the American economy will be crippled, and perhaps most disgraceful of all, it will result in tens if not hundreds of millions of people being far worse off than they were before it was passed.

Given the calamity that Obamacare will inflict on the citizens and the economy, the Republicans should fight any attempts to soften the blows of Obamacare in a piecemeal fashion. Softening the blows by delaying its provisions, exempting compliance or expanding subsidies will only result in more long term damage. They will simply temporarily dull the pain of various provisions while the remaining tentacles of the law strengthen their death grip on the country.

Like a frog who cooks in a slowly heated pan of water, the long term outcome is far more damaging than if the frog is thrown in hot water, feels the pain and jumps out. The very reason that Americans are turning on Obamacare and its authors is because they are actually feeling the pain. If the pain is delayed and dulled so that Americans can go about their daily lives as normal, they will be lulled into accepting this debacle before the true consequences are known.

Sometimes, as in the case of the injured deer or Maj. Heyward, killing someone or something to put them out of their misery is the compassionate thing to do in order to save them from their agony and suffering. Other times, as in the case of Obamacare, killing it is not only the compassionate thing to do, but it is the only rational thing to do in order to save Americans from the mistakes they made in 2008 and 2012. Allowing Obamacare to survive in bits and pieces would be the worst thing of all as it would eventually inflict its cancer on the entire population, and not just the young and healthy who are supposed to pay for it. The GOP mantra should no longer be delay and defund, but rather simply do nothing… other than object to President Obama’s unconstitutional edicts allowing delays and providing exemptions. By simply letting Obamacare play out as it was written, Americans will end up feeling the pain that was intended and will respond by seeking to eliminate the source. Unlike the deer, the country will be able to recover from its injuries and may even be emerge stronger as a result, having finally learned the lesson that there is no such thing as a free lunch… even if the other guy is supposed to be paying for it.

The product of a military family, growing up in Naples, Italy and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and being stationed in Germany for two years while in the Army, Vince spent half of his first quarter century seeing the US from outside of its own borders. That perspective, along with a French wife and two decades as a struggling entrepreneur have only fueled an appreciation for freedom and the fundamental greatness of the gifts our forefathers left us.

7 Responses to “From Bambi to Obamacare… When compassion requires death”

  1. 1

    bwax

    Vince, I believe you are 100% correct on your conclusions. But I also think the failures by this administration and the democrats are intentional to institute their single payer system. A normal person would get really upset by the mistakes in the so-called launch of this debacle, but all the major players in the democrat party seem non-plussed by them, which reinforces my belief that these failures are intentional.
    As with virtually everything this administration does, the bottom line is all about power and money.

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    PhilJ

    Single-payer has always been the goal. It failed miserably as HillaryCare. They reformulated, and came up with ObamaCare. It’s sole intent is to destroy the health insurance industry. It does have the potential to backfire with the rollout being such a disaster, but I doubt there is enough political will to totally repeal it. It will remain a huge regulatory burden that will eventually destroy the health insurance industry, ushering in the only salvation option, single-payer. And, I can almost guarantee a healthcare black market will form once Gov’t takes over your helath care.

  3. 3

    Skookum

    Nice job, Vince, your analogy reminded me of two incidents just outside the DC beltway; back in the days when I worked on the East coast. In both examples, I was riding in one of the airport shuttles when a confused deer darted into the road and was crippled beyond hope by the van, before dawn. The other riders were emotional, but no one stepped forward. In both cases, I retrieved my buck knife from my luggage and cut the carotid and femoral arteries and dragged the poor creature from the road. It was the humane thing to do, but I looked like an inhuman monster; however, the rest of the riders would have driven around the flailing creature, until it was hit enough times to die an even more horrible death in this crazy world of sensitive but cruel people.

    With the unaffordable care act, we don’t need to kill it to prevent undue suffering to the act itself, but we might prevent undue embarrassment to the halfwit in the White House. It is us the people who deserve a touch of humanity from this economy killing disaster.

    On cruelty and reality: http://skooksjournal.com/?p=255 & http://skooksjournal.com/?p=11

  4. 4

    bburris

    “Because the pain being experienced by citizens across the country is not a symptom of Obamacare, it is the whole point. Obamacare only works if the government can force younger, healthier citizens to subsidize healthcare costs of the older and sicker citizens.”

    And what, pray tell, will happen when the “younger, healthier citizens” don’t show up to subsidize the “older and sicker citizens” and the plan becomes even more expensive than it is already obvious that it, indeed, is? Ask the parents of Sarah Murnaghan.

  5. 5

    Nanny G

    Remember that little girl who needed the double lung transplant…..twice?
    Sebelius adjusted national policies just to save her life.
    She came out smelling like a rose , on that one.
    Republicans must do the same.
    Whenever individuals might DIE (which is way beyond a mere ”feeling the pain) they must act to get that individual the proper care, even if ObamaCare opposes that.
    No need to allow dems to point at dead people as being republicans’ faults.
    But, perhaps this should be done as individual needs rather than fixes to the system, Vince.
    Perhaps you are right about that.
    It’s just that I (and I hope many republicans) won’t allow people to be cut off from their ongoing treatment for, say, cancer, just to make a point.

  6. 6

    ilovebeeswarzone

    VINCE
    YES AND IT DIVIDE AGAIN THE NATION,
    they don”t care and overlook the sure fact that the youngs will borrough from their elders to close the missing money gaps, even that they have a good job, the more they make the more they spend,
    and at the end they will be served a big amount to be paid or punishment penalty,
    followed by the IRS LONG ARMS AND THREAT OF CEASURE OF WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO FUNCTION LIKE A CAR OR OTHER, AS WE LEARN HOW VICIOUS THEY CAN BE if they ARE TOLD TO DO ANYTHING TO COLLECT, FROM OBAMA NEEDS OF MONEY,
    AS IT’S ALREADY BEING DONE ON OTHER WHO ARE ACCUSED OF HAVING BREAK ONE OR MORE LAWS FROM OBAMA’S BOOK OF MULTI THOUSANDS PAGES OF IDIOTIC LAWS, MADE SPECIALY FOR GRABBING MONEY FROM THE PEOPLE,
    THE ONLY ONE WHO GET AWAY FROM IT ARE THE RECIPIENTS OF WELFARE WHOM HE KNOW ARE VOTING FOR HIM,
    BYE

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    Justine

    @Nanny G: FYI, the little girl that needed a lung transplant was NOT helped by Sebelius. A judge ordered the action, Sebelius smelled nothing like a rose, and national health care policies were not “adjusted.” [Please, don’t give any unwarranted credibility to Sebelius or ACA.]
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