In my evolution of political thought, one of the issues, perhaps the biggest issue, that pushed me away from Libertarianism was my belief in a national healthcare system. I believe in a truly humane system and that the issue of healthcare for the majority of a country’s citizens should not be left to the whims of the free market and one should also not have to bankrupt themselves due to an unforeseen medical emergency. I also consider this approach constitutional as I believe it is exactly this type of human welfare issue that the general clause was written for.
That being said, I do not support Obamacare which was the result of a corrupt, flawed, and sloppy process involving the buying of senatorial votes and is filled with loopholes and special favors and was largely written by the insurance industry.
There is the hope that the many problems with it can be corrected by future legislation as was the case with Social Security and Medicare but they both started as much stronger pieces of legislation so I’m not holding my breath.
If I had to come up with my own healthcare plan for the United States, it would involve government run medical centers. Their distribution would be based on the median salary of the people who live in that area. Once districts were created, those who reside in them would get a medical card. If you move, you simply change your address perhaps at the post office. In order to answer questions about the quality of service, the board that runs each hospital would have to stand for election every 2 or 4 years. The voters would be the people who live in the district. The board would be directly answerable to those whom they serve.
Those wealthy enough to afford private healthcare will be free to do so as will anyone else who wishes to do so. However, they will still have to pay into the system through payroll deduction like everyone else and they will not be allowed to vote in the hospital board elections.
So this issue of healthcare coupled with what I’ve written before about his foreign policy disappointments, makes me want to ask who is Obama? At this point, what do we know about him? Is he shallow, weak, unprepared for the job of president after all?
Or is he just ambitious? We associate political ambition with the vulgar showiness of a sweaty, grasping Richard Nixon or an overeager Al Gore, we have not associated it in the past with Obama’s well-spoken coolness but I think in the end that’s what it all comes down to.
Unfortunately, Obama’s ambition didn’t have any core goals, any core moral structure. It was the ambition of a high school presidential candidate not someone who really wanted to change things. That’s the lesson here. Ambition subtracting real goals, real beliefs, real vision is meaningless and can even be dangerous in some cases. That type of ambition, even if someone rides it all the way to a higher office, isn’t going to accomplish that much.