Many of those in favor of the new health care initiative, commonly known as Obamacare, will cite as evidence of its desirability and necessity the Preamble to our Constitution, which states that one of the six reasons for its creation was to “promote the general welfare” of its citizens.
However, what will all too soon become evident, as time passes and the system sputters, backfires, and fails, is the absolute contradiction that arises in resolving an outcome associated with the general welfare of a society as well as the particular liberty of an individual.
The outcome may be agreeable to both on occasion, but the flaw, of course, is in attempting to create a similar outcome for disparate elements; in reality it can’t reasonably be done. What is perceived to be acceptable to the health and welfare of an individual cannot be extended to include the welfare of a society, or vice versa.
The mess that we are witnessing at the moment, as we move to signing up for the promised “benefits” of Obamacare, is merely the tip of the ugly iceberg.
The rancor that is yet to unfold as the central government attempts to redefine and structure a health care system to promote the general welfare of our society in contradiction with the individual liberties, defined and regulated by a well-formed conscience, will likely fuel an outcome that will never cease to fester.
Which begs the question: Can a silk purse really be made from a sow’s ear?