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Ideology vs. Reality

posted Nov 9, 2013, 3:34 PM by Angelica Wolf   [ updated Nov 9, 2013, 3:43 PM ]

Liberals tend to believe that certain social or political issues are so morally imperative that the achievement of the goal is all-important, regardless of the means used to achieve it. A good example of this is The Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. For decades, liberals have pushed for universal health care and have made impassioned speeches on how healthcare is a basic human right. In the 1990's, the Clintons took a hard run at it with "HillaryCare" but fell short. However, this doesn't mean that they gave up on the idea. For years, various liberal special interest groups, think tanks, insurance interests, etc. have busily worked on crafting the 2000-plus pages of regulation that make up the new law. It has been waiting in the wings for the right moment to be pushed through by a weak or willing Congress and Executive branch. With the election of Barack Obama in 2008, that moment had arrived.

Although no one in Congress had thoroughly read or even understood the bill, liberal Democrats rushed to pass it into law and get it signed by a willing President. Though polls showed that more than 70% of Americans did not want the law passed and the fact that the law did not receive a single Republican vote, Democrats gladly foisted it upon the people and took control of one-sixth of the US economy. The tactics they used to accomplish this goal give us deep insight into the liberal moral perspective and I think, highlight a big difference between liberal and conservative ideology. 

Throughout the public-relations war to try and sell the American people on ObamaCare, none less the President himself repeatedly stated that no one would be required to give up their existing health plan, their doctor, pay additional taxes, etc. All these talking points were parroted by His staff, Congressional Democrats, media liberals and others. They tried desperately to convince the citizenry that this law wouldn't hurt anyone indeed, it would help. They did this despite the fact that they KNEW what they were saying was untrue. When that didn't work and public opinion remained strongly against the law, they passed it anyway.

We now know that millions of Americans are losing their existing plans. They don't meet the basic requirements of the new healthcare law. Recently, it has come to light that those proposing the new law knew in advance that up to 67% of existing plans would not meet the requirements of the new law and would have to be terminated. 

Many people are losing their doctors as physicians stop taking Medicare. This is because the new law takes half-trillion dollars from Medicare to fund itself. They achieve this by arbitrarily reducing physician reimbursements for care provided under Medicare. As a result, many doctors are refusing to take Medicare patients any longer and people are losing their long-term physician relationship.

The law itself places a new tax on medical devices. Every time someone as a procedure requiring a medical device, the cost is passed on to the insurance company. These costs are reflected in the higher costs and lower reimbursements of the plans being offered through the new insurance exchanges. Early evidence is showing that most of the new participants are being faced with either shockingly higher premiums or much higher out-of-pocket costs for the new health plans. If people choose to opt out, they must pay a tax for not participating.

These are just a few examples of how the Obama administration and it's proxies deliberately deceived the American people to achieve a goal they felt was a moral imperative. There are many, many more. However, it does highlight an important point in understanding social liberalism. It is a belief system that embraces the idea that "the end justifies the means." In their worldview, lying and deception are perfectly acceptable in the pursuit of a higher moral goal. 

I believe this also provides illumination on why conservatives often seem to have such a difficult time understanding liberals including President Obama. They want to believe that he is somehow unaware that he is lying or that he simply misspeaks. In my view, that is dangerously naive. In the liberal mind, a lie may be a bad thing. However, a lie in the service of the greater good is a useful tool.

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