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The Civil War History of Obamacare

Posted on March 26 2010 9:50 am
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By John R. Guardiano at the American Spectator

To ascertain the real historical import of “comprehensive national healthcare reform,” don’t look to Social Security or Medicare; look to the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

The Democratic Left is fond of invoking history and thus heralds its new “comprehensive national healthcare reform” bill as “historic. That it is.

But the historical comparison that may be most apt isn’t Social Security or Medicare, both of which were enacted into law with bipartisan majorities. This latest “reform” initiative, by contrast, hasn’t gotten a single Republican vote.

No, the more apt historical analogy may be the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, which, by allowing for the expansion of slavery into new federal territories, led to the Civil War.

Of course, there is no likelihood that the United States will become enmeshed in a literal or violent civil war. Our republic, though young, is far too mature and well established for that. In America, we settle our domestic disputes not through bullets, but through the ballot box.

There also is no racial aspect to this new civil war. Black and white, North and South alike — we’re all on the same team; we’re all on the same side.

However, with healthcare about to become a highly regulated state-administered utility, there is a real likelihood that the United States will become enmeshed in a modern-day economic and generational civil war.

Read the rest of this article at the American Spectator

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