A closer look: freedom

Despite the chest-thumping quality of Paul Ryan’s recent tweet, it begs a closer look.

“Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.” – Paul Ryan, Feb 21.

  1. Bernie Sanders points out: “What good is the freedom to buy the health care you want if you can’t afford it?”
  2. Charles Gaba has noted, the point of health insurance is that you don’t know what your needs might be in the future.
  3. Choosing between healthcare and other critical expenses isn’t the kind of freedom that the majority of us desire.

But you have to admire the power of language, though, right?  He sounds like he is writing an elementary school poem:

  • Freedom is running down a hill
  • Freedom is …

And that’s the power of a politican’s rhetoric: making you wish away fundamental services because it will somehow make you more free.