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What anti-Obamacare lawsuits are really about

With a firm renunciation of reason sitting in your corner, it makes perfect sense to argue, as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli does, that his state’s anti-Obamacare lawsuit is “more about liberty than it is about health care.”

It is the quintessence of callousness for Cuccinelli and others like him to pit an academic definition of freedom against the well-being of the 1 million (or 15.1 percent) non-elderly Virginians who don’t have health insurance. Read in The Post about reporter Mary Otto’s visit to a free clinic run by Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, a Knoxville-based organization that provides free medical, dental, and veterinary care to rural and impoverished areas, which vividly illustrates the plight of the state’s uninsured.

What makes Cuccinelli’s argument even more offensive, though, is that the “freedom” line of reasoning is mere smokescreen for an entirely political effort. In other words, both lawsuits aren’t about serving the liberty of Virginia and Florida residents; as Bloomberg News columnist Ann Woolner writes, the health-care torts are Republican efforts to derail reform.

“It’s about politics,” Woolner argues. “It’s so obviously about politics that most folks take that fact for granted. These cases are another way for Republicans to try to defeat a Democratic initiative and score points while doing it.” The frightening thing here is not that Republicans are so hell-bent on denying basic health care to fellow citizens. Rather, it’s that Woolner is able to write, matter-of-factly, that most people see the politicization of health care as something to take for granted. Woolner continues, “[N]otice that 18 of the 20 attorneys general suing in Florida are Republicans. In my home state, Georgia, the Democratic attorney general refused to join the list, so the Republican governor appointed a special attorney general who would.”

Rather than abusing the freedom of a political party to behave pitilessly, the attorneys general who are attacking America’s uninsured ought to think about who really benefits from the politicization of well-being.

By Katrina vanden Heuvel  | August 11, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
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It's about human rights. The ability to determine what you will or will not do with your own property.

The mandate is a pretty clear cut violation of the basic human right to own property.

To think otherwise is "a firm renunciation of reason."

Posted by: BradG | August 11, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Human rights? Too funny. Yeah, that's what it's about. "The ability to determine what you will or will not do with your property". Give us a break.

Every industrialized country on the planet has some type of Universal coverage for their citizens.

Every country but the United States. Thankfully, not for much longer.

Here's one, I choose not to fund a war against a sovereign nation who didn't attack us. I choose not to subsidize billion-dollar corporations with Corporate Welfare. I choose not to send billions to other countries. Where do I pick up my check?

Posted by: steve-2304 | August 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Heuvel's surprise "that most people see the politicization of health care as something to take for granted," is odd considering that it is ObamaCare that inserts politics into heath-care. It is those who defend liberty that are attempting to remove the source of Heuvel's much lamented politicization.

And on the source of Heuvel's point, Woolner's argument that "these cases are another way for Republicans to try to defeat a Democratic initiative and score points while doing it," thus "it’s about politics," is an argument so far removed from reason that not only does Woolner ignore the source of the politicization of health-care...ObamaCare, but she ignores which way the political power flows when arguing for and against ObamaCare.

Those who argue in favor of ObamaCare argue for the consolidation of the power and influence of the health-care industry in the hands of the political elite, while those who oppose ObamaCare argue for the power of the health-care industry to remain in the private world of individual liberty. This argument to disperse the power of the health-care industry across the hundreds of millions of citizens who make up this country does not funnel power into the hands of the political elite and therefor these arguments are not political in nature. Arguments that funnel power toward the political elite are always political. Arguments that funnel power to the people and away from the elite are always based on liberty.

Woolner and Huevel have become "The Man" (in 60's parlance), and are so removed from reality they now keep company with the political elite who renounced reason and liberty in a desire to grow "The Man".

Posted by: PolifrogBlog | August 11, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Ah, government health care....as cost efficient as the USPS with the customer service of the DMV! Whats not to love?

Posted by: luca_20009 | August 11, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

luca_20009 @ August 11, 2010 6:02 PM wrote "Ah, government health care....as cost efficient as the USPS"

Do you know anyone who will deliver a letter across the country within a week for 44cents?!?

Tell me who it is, quick.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | August 12, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

"Do you know anyone who will deliver a letter across the country within a week for 44cents?!?"

NOT the USPS. They lose billions every year.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | August 12, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

to all,

come JAN 2011, it will make NO difference, as the DIMocRATS will control NEITHER house of Congress AND the funding for "obamacare" will be CUT OFF, permanently.

then when we get a decent POTUS in 2013, the whole DISHONEST, UN-Constitutional, BOONDOGGLE will be repealed. - too bad that so much money has been wasted already by the DIMocRAT majority, as that taxpayers money has been WASTED & it is GONE forever.

the thing that i find "interesting" is that the MORE that citizens learn about "obamacare" the LESS they approve of this NONSENSE!= according the most recent surveys, about 75% of citizens DISAPPROVE of "obamacare".

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 12, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Typical tactic of the left. Since you can not defend the constitutionality of the health insurance mandate, change the subject to tell us what the REAL argument is about.

The mandate is clearly unconstitutional and the US Constitution is much more than "an academic definition of freedom".

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | August 12, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"Ah, government health care....as cost efficient as the USPS with the customer service of the DMV!"
Posted by: luca_20009
Actually in the USA almost 25 cents out of every dollar spent on "health care" goes to pay administrative costs. IN Canada it's 11 cents on the dollar. Which sounds more efficient to you?

PS...and contrary to the myths perpetuated by lying right wing politicians in your country we get excellent results. The cancer care which saved the lives of both my elderly parents in recent years was first rate by any standard.

Posted by: AHermit | August 12, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

AHermit,

far be it from me to say that you are a KNOWING LIAR (though i suspect that you are IGNORANT of the FACTS relative to all cases in CDN healthcare), BUT trust me on this:

the US "obamacare" plan will be CROOKED, WASTEFUL, STUPID, filled with FRAUD, "red tape",ABUSE & "crony deals" because it was "dreamed up" & supported by the DIMocRATS Party, the party of "DALEY machine politics", racism,TAMMANY HALL, antisemitism, FRAUD, Jim Crow, WASTE, ABUSE, the KKK & a century of racial SEGREGATION.
(the DIMocRAT party only ended its support of school segregation when the SCOTUS decided BROWN vs. BOARD of EDUCATION!)

those are the facts, neighbor from the snowy North!

NOTE: THREE of FOUR Americans want NO "obamacare" & every day that passes, it gets LESS popular. = it will be DE-FUNDED in JAN 2011, when the new US Congress sits.
yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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