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CENTRAL VIEW for Monday, August 5, 2013

by William Hamilton, Ph.D.

ObamaCare: The GOPís moral dilemma

Retiring U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) says ObamaCare will be a "train wreck." If Baucus is correct, should Congress allow the "train wreck" to crash or not? Come October 1, 2013, Congress could try to avert the "train wreck" with a Continuing Resolution, providing one-year of funding for the U.S. Government but omitting ObamaCare funding. To paraphrase the Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke: All it takes for a train wreck to happen is for good men to refuse to apply the brakes.

Now, letís say that you are watching a high-speed passenger train. You can see an extremely sharp curve lies ahead of the speeding train. The passengers are likely doomed. In your hand, is a remote control that allows you to apply the brakes to the train and prevent the suffering that the train wreck will cause. What should you do?

The obvious moral solution is to switch on the brakes. But letís not torture the train-wreck analogy further and take a real-world look at the on-rushing ObamaCare mandates. To avoid exceeding the ObamaCare threshold of 50 employees, some employers are already reducing their workforce to 50 or below. Larger companies are reducing employee hours below the 30 hours-per-week ObamaCare threshold. Another mandate puts your most sensitive medical and financial information in the hands of scores of government and insurance company bureaucrats. The employer mandate is such political poison that Mr. Obama has (unconstitutionally) suspended it until after the 2014 elections; eventually costing taxpayers as much as $62 billion dollars.

Often, firing decisions are made on the basis of last-hired-first-fired. As ObamaCare goes fully into effect, lower-paid, newer employees will be laid off in droves. Moreover, the ObamaCare mandate on pre-existing conditions drives up the cost of insurance for everyone and is already causing some insurance companies to flee the only 25 States that are willing to establish ObamaCare insurance exchanges.

Even Mr. Obamaís IRS chief, Daniel Werfel, wants to keep his current health-care plan, not switch to ObamaCare. The new British King-To-Be was born in a private hospital, rather than under the UKís version of ObamaCare. Wonder why?

Now, even Mr. Obama admits you may not be able to keep your current physician. Mainly, because scores of physicians are jumping off the ObamaCare train before it wrecks. The American Association of Medical Colleges says we will be short 91,500 physicians by 2020. Medical school enrollments have plummeted already.

As George Bernard Shaw famously said, "Marriage is like a bad meal, with the dessert at the beginning." The politically-clever part of ObamaCare is that its few sweet features kick in while Mr. Obama is still in office. The bitter, higher-cost components donít kick in until after he leaves.

If the GOP de-funds ObamaCare, the left-stream media will blame the almost inevitable government shutdown on the GOP. But if Republicans do not de-fund ObamaCare, they will be in the immoral position of consciously allowing public harm. Eventually, even if the Republicans do what they think is "right," public pressure for the resumption of government services will force them to fund ObamaCare. Moreover, Mr. Obama will still be in power.

Advice to the GOP: Donít pick a fight you cannot win. After the train wreck, Republicans can pick up congressional seats in the election of 2014. Morally correct? No. But this is politics, not Philosophy 101.

Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.

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