Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vote YES on Prop C!

The best argument I have heard against Prop. C is that the measure would promise court costs stemming a lawsuit between the federal government and the State of Missouri. The second best argument that I’ve heard is that the measure will do nothing. Naturally, the third argument against Prop. C is that people are dying. These arguments are ridiculous separately, and insane when combined into a single response. Progressives, liberals and nay-sayers need to make up their mind.

The measure, supported by Missourians across the state who are concerned about Obamacare, will ask if the Missouri Statutes shall “be amended to: Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services? Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies?”

Why yes, they should be. Votes from my fellow concerned Missourians’ and I will reflect our desire for liberty. Regardless of whether the stance will have any legal repercussions for Missourians or not, it is reassuring to know that Missouri is looking out for its citizens. The stance stands up for us as Missourians and will protect us when it is needed.

If the federal government sues the State, the measure alone has done something. The court costs inflicted upon tax payers by another frivolous law suit will be nothing close to what Obamacare will cost Missouri and its citizens.

As I have traveled around the state as a College Republican supporting various campaigns by volunteering, there has been a consistent and obvious concern about the economy. Missourians are not stupid. They know Obamacare will cost Missourians millions, if not billions, and the measure does nothing for the “economy-boosting” spending sermon that Democrats are maliciously preaching.

Of course, let us not forget that this proposition is not a Republican or Democratic initiative. It is a Missouri-focused initiative seeking to protect us from an out of control government. However, if one so wants one of the Obamacare plans, it is important to note that the initiative will not prevent us from opting-into a federally mandated and controlled option.

From what I know as the first time in our nation’s history, the federal government is forcing us to buy something. States force us all to buy car insurance. However, no one is forcing us to buy or drive a car. Because we live and breathe, liberals in Washington have once again decided that they know what is best for us and forced us to oblige with their plan. This is wrong. This is outside the role of the federal government, and thus, unconstitutional.

As a young person, I can confess that I was momentarily attracted to Obamacare. I don’t have insurance, but a student health plan. What would I do if I were to have an expensive condition? What would I do if I was in an accident? The questions filled my mind until I woke up and realized that Obamacare wouldn’t help me at all. Not now - not in four years.

Obamacare will do the opposite of help Americans - it will increase our taxes and decrease our liberty. Roy Blunt has said many times on the campaign trail that even if Obamacare is the best idea in the world that we simply cannot afford it. Even after taxing us for 4 years, we will still not be able to afford it.

As I live and breathe, I want to live free to do as I wish without the unbearable debt and regulation that this legislation will lie upon us all. Of course, let us not forget that people will die whether or not the federal government crams health care down their throat.

In classes, I generally fight fluffy and warm ideas of the progressive professors and liberal students by relying on the argument that America is so great because it allows us to pursue our own happiness without government intervention. The darker side of this is that it allows us the right to fail. The right to fail is the ultimate respect any country can allow its citizens. Obamacare directly infringes upon this and reminds us all daily how little this administration respects its citizens and trusts them to make responsible decisions.

In the event that Obamacare somehow survives and America reaches a point in which the federal government fines or arrests those of us that refuse to purchase a government-approved health insurance plan, specifically Obamacare, I rest assured knowing that Missouri will fight for me and my right to pursue insurance if I want it and my right to fail within my own choices.

A vote yes will allow those that want their federally regulated and crafted plans to have them. However, if we want to stand up to the federal government’s overreaching actions and our right to pursue insurance if we want it, we must vote yes. A vote no is a vote for tyranny.

Rachael Herndon is the chair of the College Republicans at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she is a senior. The UMKC chapter of College Republicans has over 100 members and supports the Republican Party in as many ways as they can, including volunteering for various campaigns.


Featured in The Fuse - Joplin, on August 1, 2010.

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