Says ACA puts us on road to serfdom
In the letter, “Finds savings with Affordable Care Act,’’ the writer relates his recent experience with health insurance. The writer was paying Blue Cross $561 per month for insurance for him and his wife. Due to changes required by the ACA, such as mandatory coverage’s and guaranteed issue, his rate increased to $1,201. The writer then went to the healthcare.gov website, where he was able to purchase a policy for $381, a nice savings. He closes his letter with “try it, you will like it.” Note that the writer began this story as a self-reliant man, paying his own way for health insurance. Due to an enormous increase caused by the ACA, he went to the government website to find alternatives. As all rates quoted on this site include available subsidies, he is now able to buy insurance at below market rates, as he is being subsidized by other, younger people. Thus the journey of a self-reliant independent man to becoming a ward of the state is complete. We are encouraged to “try it, you will like it,” but we cannot be a free people when reliant on others. We are on the road to serfdom.
Walter Cox, Candler
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.