For Millennials The Patriotic Response to Obamacare is to Rip America Off
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By Victor J. Massad (massadvj)
Being a baby boomer, I’ve naturally had some time to reflect on the political developments of my lifetime, and I conclude that the worst sin inflicted on my generation by the generation of my parents was sending us off to fight and die in a war (Vietnam) that made no sense at the time, and makes even less sense in retrospect. By comparison, what will be the worst sin inflicted on Millennials by the Boomer generation? Very simply, we intend to rob the next generation blind until they WISH they were dead. Obamacare will be the last in a long line of nails in Millennials’ coffins. The other nails include Social Security, Medicare and a government that has long lost its ability to protect the rights of people, and now functions as a corrupt, bloated glutton interested only in its continued ability to gobble up resources from hayseeds who reside outside the northeast corridor.
Perhaps it is unfair to lump Obamacare in with the other items on the list because Obamacare is a self-inflicted wound as far as Millennials are concerned. Millennials represent the largest age-based demographic group to come of age since the Baby Boomers of the 1960’s. The young people who make up this generation were anxious to flex their collective muscle on the democratically-inclined culture, and Obama was a perfect vessel for that purpose. The young community organizer positioned himself as a “messiah” who would cleanse the country of its race-based original sin and make politics honest and responsive in the bargain. Ultimately, the 2008 election turned on the strength of the youth vote, combined with the minority vote, and the Millennials succeeded in putting their stamp on the culture.
Now there is buyers’ remorse.
It is very tempting to those of us who have been around the block a few times to gloat openly at the utter cluelessness of Millennials. After all, the evidence of Obama’s fraud was readily apparent to anyone who bothered to pay attention in 2008. Did anyone vote for the man without knowing that Obama was a Chicago-bred Saul Alinsky inspired community organizer who wanted to “spread the wealth around?” It’s tempting to let these young people learn for themselves that in a democratic republic the people tend to get the government they deserve. But I am inclined to cut the Millennials some slack, and I’ll tell you why.
The political party I joined when I first registered to vote in 1971 was the California Peace and Freedom Party. I therefore know how susceptible young people are to the allure of the left. At that age we all think we see the endemic hypocrisy that no one else apparently sees. We assume that humans are naturally inclined to cede their autonomy for social justice and the greater good. As we grow older and become more experienced, we see what a flawed assumption that is. Humans are naturally predisposed to self-interest, and that especially applies to humans who pose as messiahs to win political office. The trouble is, we oldsters may know it, but we can never communicate it to young people who think their technology and their place in societal evolution has rendered all of human history irrelevant. Isn’t that what the Boomers of the 1960’s thought? Yes. So who are we to gloat?
Instead of “I told you so” I see an opportunity to open some Millennial minds to a more sensible way of thinking. I see evidence in recent polling that the Obamacare fiasco is causing Millennials to question liberal dogma. Putting one’s faith in a messiah who turns out to be a cheap huckster will tend to do that. So why not use this as a “teachable moment” to coax young blood into a conservative movement that desperately needs it?
If you are a disenchanted, former Obama-loving Millennial, read on. The rest of this treatise is for you.
Your first mistake was assuming that forced collective charity is a higher order of motivation than individual self-interest in terms of meeting society’s needs. The truth is that self-interest always trumps force, and that any system that is not built on reward and punishment is a system destined to fail. Obamacare was destined to fail for the simple reason that the law requires people who are perfectly healthy -- and make a sensible, rational decision to forego health insurance -- to happily and willingly pay exorbitant insurance rates to cover people who are not healthy. When you consider that “healthy” is often within a person’s control, the law ends up subsidizing smokers, drinkers, drug users and the obese by taxing nonsmokers and the physically fit. But wait. It gets worse. It sets up a system whereby you -- a young, healthy, hopeful employed upstart -- pay through the nose for a policy that is far less attractive than the policy the freeloader gets for nothing. In short, you have been played for a sucker if you don’t drop out right now and allow the government to pay you for abusing your health.
I know. It’s insensitive to think this way. There are people out there in need, and social justice demands that something be done. But then, why are you complaining about Obamacare?
My point is that Obamacare is not really the problem. Your generation’s entire approach to politics is what is dysfunctional, and Obamacare is simply the manifestation of your misguided notions about human nature and the law. The reason you do not like Obamacare is simple: the law is not in your self-interest. I am here to tell you that to protest a law for this reason is no vice. Quite the contrary. It should awaken you to a reality that, if embraced by your generation, would fundamentally transform the society and put this country back on the right track.
Self-interest is king. Money is the primary vehicle through which we express our self-interest. Thus, the votes you cast with the dollars you spend are far more powerful than the votes you cast in elections. And if it is noble to protest a law out of self-interest, then it is also noble to use your spending power to circumvent that law out of self-interest.
My advice to you is this: rip Obamacare off.
Refuse to enroll, and refuse to pay the fine for not enrolling. Personally, I would regard this as a patriotic act in the tradition of the other great patriotic resistance movements in the nation’s history: the founding itself, abolition, women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement and -- yes -- the Tea Party. Refusing to enroll is easy enough. Once you see that the cheapest policy you can find costs $400 a month and carries a $6500 deductible, avoiding it should be about as desirable as avoiding a root canal. If you do happen to require expensive health care, you can always sign up at that point, let the insurance pay for your health care expenses, then stop making payments and wait until you are sick again. Most of you are going to do this anyway. I’m saying you should not feel guilty about it. Be proud. You will be acting in the tradition of the great political resisters in American history.
Avoiding the fine will be a little trickier, but it can easily be done. You must go to your employer and increase the number of exemptions on your withholding statement so that you end up owing the IRS at the end of the year instead of them owing you. This prevents the IRS from collecting the Obamacare penalty for failure to have health insurance because the law prevents the tax agency from placing liens on your property or garnishing your wages to collect the fine.
If as many Millennials refuse to enroll and increase their exemptions as, say, download copyrighted music illegally, then Obamacare is doomed, and perhaps the rising tide of socialism in this country will have at last reached its high water mark.
That would be a worthy political legacy for the Millennial generation, and erase the stain of having elected Obama in the first place.