Activism Recap

 Posted by on 24 January 2010 at 2:00 pm  Activism Recap
Jan 242010

This week on Politics without God, the blog of the Coalition for Secular Government:

This week on We Stand FIRM, the blog of FIRM: Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine:

Here’s a quick note that I posted to FIRM’s “News” e-mail list that summarizes my views of the health care debate:

Don’t miss Dr. Paul Hsieh’s op-ed — Brown’s Victory: The Declaration of Independents — published by Pajamas Media on Thursday.

Happily, ObamaCare seems to have been stopped dead in its tracks by the election of Scott Brown. Hooray!

However, defenders of free market medicine cannot be complacent. Democrats might team up with pragmatic Republicans to pass piecemeal measures, such as outlawing “discrimination” by insurance companies based on pre-existing conditions and expanding Medicare and Medicaid. Also, individual states might attempt to create “universal coverage” at the state level, just as Massachusetts did under Republican Mitt Romney a few years ago — with disastrous results.

Many Republicans, including Scott Brown, oppose further federal takeover of medicine, but they support the state-level socialized medicine. They aren’t advocates of free markets — nor even opponents of socialism. They simply prefer more local sources of tyranny. Yet socialism is morally wrong and practically disastrous wherever implemented, whether in cities, states, or the whole nation.

So we need to be vigilant, even while we pause to enjoy this victory. As always, I recommend writing your representatives — federal and state, Republican and Democratic — with a clear and succinct statement expressing your opposition to any forms of socialized medicine and advocating free market reforms. You can do that via Write letters to the editor. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Finally, my heartfelt thanks to everyone who mustered the time and energy to stand up to the seemingly invincible juggernaut of ObamaCare. Thank you, thank you!!

– Diana Hsieh

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