Equality Before the Law

John Adams defined a republic as “a government of laws, and not of men.” What this means is that the laws apply equally to all, and are not changed arbitrarily through the whims of some autocrat.

When George W. Bush selectively awarded no-bid contracts to companies that he favored, they called it “crony-capitalism.” So what do you call it when the Health Secretary is selectively choosing which companies the law does and doesn’t apply to? One thing I’m sure it’s not called: “Equality before the law.”

This whole situation reeks of being a “bill of attainder.” If Obama’s health care law doesn’t work unless his health secretary gets to issue waivers from the regulations to favored clients, then the law doesn’t work. Let’s repeal the law and bring back a government of laws, and not of men.


2 Responses to “Equality Before the Law”

  1. Matt Says:

    Whats happening is companies are saying “Fuck you we just won’t give out ANY insurance so there” and the Obama admin are capitulating by granting waivers. Trust me the left is just as upset about this as you are.

    If we had a public option to compete with the Health Care companies then this would not happen and they would not continue to try to screw us over.

    • Tristan Brown Says:

      First of all, it was employer-provided health insurance that got us into the mess where people are signed up for shitty plans without any choice in the matter in the first place. That right there is the root cause of the pre-existing condition bullshit. Turns out, when a customer gets to choose the product they buy, the suppliers usually try to offer a good service so they can get more customers.

      Secondly, companies are dropping their employee coverage because it’s just too expensive for them under the new health care law. Every economist and doctor outside of the White House predicted this would happen. I complained that this would happen, and the response I got from Obama supporters was, “No, it’s going to bring costs down because look at Canada.” Turns out, Canada and the UK have MUCH lower standards for medical care than the ones ObamaCare enforces (lower even than the standards we had before ObamaCare), and that’s why it costs more here. I’ve been saying it since Summer 2009, and now my prediction has come to fruition.

      If we had a public option to “compete” with health insurance companies, then those companies would simply go out of business, and we’d all be buying government health care. That’s what happens when you have a “competitor” who forces you to buy their product through the threat of incarceration regardless of whether or not you’re also buying another product in the market. If you want us all to be dependent on an authoritarian government which has complete control over our lives, that would be the best way to go about it.

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