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Free Health Care? That’s Rich
Obamacare is a threat to the freedom of liberals, too.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks with the news media outside the White House, February 10, 2012.

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Jonah Goldberg

It’s amazing that liberals and libertarians can see eye to eye on ending federal bullying on the sale of raw milk, but liberals see no threats from a federal takeover of health care and the transformation of insurers into de facto branches of the government.

The freedom argument is old hat now. Obamacare supporters shrug off horror stories from Canada and Britain about concerns such as waiting periods and denied services — and hypothetical scenarios of “death panels.”

Well, here’s something to ponder: If Rick Santorum’s warning doesn’t scare you, maybe Rick Santorum should. Personally, I think his detractors are determined to turn him into a right-wing caricature (a cause he has aided more than once). He’s been prodded about gay marriage, contraception, radical feminists, and his religious faith in the hopes that he will say something embarrassingly juicy for the MSNBC crowd.

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But let’s imagine the caricature is fair and he really is the boogeyman Rachel Maddow and Co. say he is. Worse, all his talk about “freedom” is just code for the right-wing version of progressive social engineering, i.e., he wants to turn women into breeders á la The Handmaid’s Tale.

Is that who you want in charge of your health care? If not him, what about some other conservative president down the road?

It’s really this simple: A government empowered to steamroll the people with the rosaries has the same power to trample the citizens with the ovaries. If you’re afraid of Rick Santorum, you should be afraid of Obamacare.

— Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can write to him by e-mail at [email protected], or via Twitter @JonahNRO. © 2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc



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