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Posted July 2, 2012 | 5 Comments
Reader commentary: Open letter to Sen. Mark Obenshain
Dear Sen. Obenshain,
In reply to your email to me, indicating your dissatisfaction with the SCOTUS's decision on Obamacare, you protest that the federal government is doing too much to limit our freedoms when it can make us purchase something against our wills. That's not how I read the decision or the law. But then, I am not a lawyer. Seems to me the law just says that if you do not purchase health insurance, you will pay a penalty (tax). You do not have to purchase anything, but you do have to pay for your irresponsible behavior. That seems like good karma to me, so I am not troubled by the people of this country who choose to be freeloaders, since we are going to have to pay for their emergency room visits anyway.
So, if you are running for attorney general of Virginia in order to defend the rights of these freeloaders, I do not want to vote for you. I would be more inclined to vote for you if you were to run on a platform that included suing the federal government for indefinite detention without a trial of anyone they suspect of being a terrorist.
How can anyone think that being charged a penalty for my behavior is more limiting to my freedom than being incarcerated without the right to a trial? Yet, this has been the case in this country since The Patriot Act became law, and you have not spoken out against that practice of our government. Why? I can only guess you agree with that governmental overreach. If so, what then keeps you or anyone else in government from branding me a terrorist just because I disagree with you or them, or because I go to meetings expressing differing opinions from yours or theirs, and then arresting and detaining me indefinitely? But then, I digress.
It also seems to me that if you were so concerned about the freedoms of our folks, that you might vote for us rather than for the corporations that have been making a fortune providing health insurance to those who could afford it and not providing it to those most in need of it. Maybe you could have found a way to vote for those of us who could not afford health insurance, but wanted to have it, because the corporations we worked for refused to provide it for us because it would take away from their profits and their CEO salaries. But no, you have not done that. You support the corporations and their right to make money at our expense. You do not support our right to health care. In fact, I suspect you do not think we have a right to health care. But you do think that the corporations have a right to make a profit at our expense. These corporations could not exist without us a workers, but they more often than not treat us as a commodity, not as a valuable asset. And you and the Republicans you stand with, stand against us and for the corporations.
So, as I see it, it's OK if the government helps the corporations infringe on our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And it is OK for the government to incarcerate us for being suspected terrorists, which the government gets to define, without giving us a trial before our peers. It is just not OK for the government to charge us a penalty for being a freeloader; even if we would rather pay a fair price for health insurance, but can't afford it because we have to pay for the salaries of the folks who run these robber baron health insurance corporations as well as the stock dividends of all of their shareholders.
Michael Cash, Fort Valley