Rhonda Robinson

Could ObamaCare Fundamentally Change the American Family?

Posted on March 22 2010 9:32 pm
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.
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So, now we know that the Obama campaign strategy was actually based on that “ice breaker” game of “Tell Two Lies and a Truth.” In this game, usually reserved for youth meetings, the other players have to sort out the truth from the lies.

In a campground setting, we get to find out an interesting tidbit or two about a new friend in an entertaining way. Until now, few people realized how high the stakes actually were, to play such a game in an election. All the lies, Obama supporters believed, pale in comparison to the truth those of us who opposed him, didn’t believe—that he would fundamentally change America.

On the eve of the vote, Robert Reich, wrote in the Huffington Post, a column in which he proposed the real impact of the health care legislation won’t be felt by most Americans. Rather, its real significance is its impact in the political future. What leftists like Reich could care less about, and most Americans fail to realize, is that government run health care could also fundamentally change the face of the American family.

According to Reich:

“But the likely passage of Obama’s health care reform bill is the biggest thing Congress has done in decades, and has enormous political significance for the future.”

“The significance of Obama’s health legislation is more political than substantive… Most Americans continue to be suspicious of government. That distrust is deeply etched in our culture and traditions. Our system of government was devised by people who distrusted government and intentionally created checks and balances, three separate branches, and almost insuperable odds against getting big things done.” [Such as fundamentally changing it.]

His point that this legislation is more political than substantive holds a bit of truth. The political ramifications will be very substantial. Like a rock dropped into a shallow bucket, the ripples of ramifications will spill over into some of the most intimate family decisions.

At the very core of every family are choices that each family must determine for itself. How many children can they afford? What’s the “worth” of a child with special needs, or one with severe handicaps? These are burdens that only an individual or family can morally decide.  The weight of these choices is willingly carried by loved ones. Who will decide when one’s family member, or family medical issues has become a burden to society?

History has tragic consequences for families who have had those decisions taken from them, and placed in the hands of a socialistic government.

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