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Al Gore has a history of proclaiming gloom and doom with his views on climate change that are now considered nonsensical even by those who believe in global warming. Now, the former Vice President is taking his message of fear on the road again by making government health care his next moral crusade. Al Gore thinks everyone has a moral obligation to embrace every issue he supports. Over the weekend Gore remarked that "we have a moral duty to pass health care reform." Mr. Gore has simply lost all credibility with his wild end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it proclamations; consequently, any idea which Gore encourages people to support automatically becomes questionable. At some point one wonders whether our greatest moral obligation isn't combating the alleged threats of global warming or providing socialized medicine for all Americans, but in keeping Al Gore out of our political discourse.
Reducing the availability of health care for senior citizens is not a moral obligation, but a moral disgrace. Rationing health care and forcing Americans to accept limited options for medical services is a moral outrage. Saddling our children with even more debt to support another progressive-socialist program is a moral insult to Americans who are already constrained by excessive taxation. Pushing a program through a Democratic Congress without providing an opportunity for discussion and debate is a moral indignation to our representative form of government. Instilling fear in ordinary citizens who are too busy working and raising families to read thousand-page bills is a moral offense to people who place trust in members of Congress to do the right thing. Advancing the agenda of progressivism not in the interest of public health but in an effort to further empower government to control our lives is a moral crime against our Constitution.
If America has a moral obligation to do anything about our health care system, it is to preserve the freedom of patients to choose insurers and doctors, to remove those barriers which prevent insurance companies from competing against one another, to support competitiveness in the marketplace, to lower costs by reducing government regulation, and to relieve the burden of taxation which is crippling middle-class Americans from purchasing health insurance. We have an obligation to ensure that every citizen has access to affordable, quality health care, but the government is not the best solution to solving this problem and we should not look to the government to repair a system which currently provides the vast majority of Americans with the world's best medical care.
Brian Mark Weber covers American politics for the Examiner. To receive Brian's column in your inbox, click on the "subscribe" link above. For more information, visit www.brianmarkweber.com.