Obamacare: It’s Christmas Eve, 1776

In December 1776, the American revolutionary War for Independence was over, and the colonies had lost. Almost before the ink had dried on the Declaration of Independence of July 4 that year, the British general William Howe attacked New York, driving George Washington and the Continental Army into humiliating retreat. General Howe then pressed his advantage relentlessly through the fall. By December, it was all but finished. As the freezing temperatures and snow arrived, the confident British army demobilized for winter camp.

Further resistance by the rebels may have seemed pointless. Many Americans at that time may have thought that governance by a distant king was so prevalent on all other continents that there was no hope for independence from England.

But then the damndest thing happened: Washington didn’t close shop for the winter like a gentleman, but on December 26 boldly launched a surprise attack on the British and Hessian mercenaries at Trenton, New Jersey, killing 21, wounding 90 and capturing 900, at a cost of four American wounded and not a single dead. The Revolution was not over after all. The United States of America might yet be more than a footnote to a forgotten rebellion.

Many Americans believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known variously as the P.P.A.C.A., the A.C.A. or Obamacare, is a done deal and something we just have to accept and learn to live with. Congress passed the law, the Supreme Court upheld it and Obama was re-elected along with a Democratic majority in the Senate. But a massively ambitious piece of legislation, based on mistaken premises, which can never fulfill its advertised promises and which is the crowning threat to the American constitutional civilization and economy since the American Revolution, cannot be surrendered to. The fact is, a growing majority of American citizens and legislators are already opposed to it. And as more and more supporters of Obamacare discover that they are personally among the millions whose access to affordable health care is being made worse by it, disenchantment will continue to grow.

My new pamphlet, Pull the Plug on Obamacare, is all about why we cannot concede defeat, why Obamacare must be rolled back, and what to replace it with. Whether you are a patient, a doctor, a legislator, a committed activist or just a middle-of-the-road guy or gal who can’t understand what all the fuss is about, this plain-spoken, slightly irreverent citizen pamphlet will give you the intellectual ammunition necessary to understand America’s predicament, defend your rights, and discuss solutions with your neighbors and your representatives.

We owe it to those Christmas 1776 patriots who gave us the incomparable gift that is the United States of America, and to future generations, who will read in the history books about us, our wisdom or our folly, our courage or our cowardice, as they either enjoy the estate we bequeath them, or struggle to pay the debts we put on their credit card.

Howard Hyde is author of the pamphlet ‘Pull the Plug on Obamacare’, available at Amazon.com, from which this article is excerpted. He writes a blog on free-market economics at www.HHCapitalism.com.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Ahh…Obamacare & its absolute nexus to gun control, a 1776 moment in time – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-


    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • harrylies

    The more Americans getting health care by next year, the more people will say the health care package is a good thing. For people who say they are bums, what about 80-year old women collecting Social Security?

    Romney pledged to tear up the package. He lost.

    • reader

      In the real word people are losing their healthcare, of course, particularly by virture of their full time jobs going away and being replaced by part time jobs. That's in addition to healthcare cost going up.

    • Mike in VA

      As more people lose their jobs and health insurance and find out that this ill-conceived and ill-enacted legislation will lead to higher costs, lower the quality care while eroding their freedom, they will find that ObamaCare was never worth getting rammed down our throats.

      It will never be too late to overturn what is one of the worst pieces of legislation that has ever been passed in this country.

  • Brujo Blanco

    The health care situation is going to be a.disaster. I am retired military and I am now paying a hefty health premium even though my original contract promised no cost healthcare. It is likely that premiums.will be tripled. That will be my biggest monthly bill. I cannot opt out because the premium is taken out of my retirement pay. It was claimed.that there would be no death panels. That turned.out to be a lie. Those of us who worked or work for a living will pay for those who do not. Thls system being forced.on us is not about healthcare it is about conteol. Government will decide who gets care and who does not get care. Government will decide who lives and who dies.

  • tanstaafl

    Congress does not have to fund ObamaCare.

    • Gayle

      Absolutely. Call your senators and representatives and DEMAND that they not fund Obamacare. They have the power to do this!

  • Gayle

    What's been so discouraging for me as a states' rights advocate is seeing our once-committed Republican governors caving in on the Medicaid expansion.

    Although in Ohio and Florida there's a question as to whether these decisions can get through the republican-held legislatures, having your field commanders surrendering to the enemy before the battle has even really begun is devastating.


      Agreed. This is where we're going to separate the true conservatives from the RINO/Establishment types. Republicans who don't support the full repeal of this abomination must all be primaried.

  • http://shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/uncommonsense/ Chris_Shugart

    "The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country;"
    – Thomas Paine, Dec. 1776

    This country is in desperate need of leaders. Unfortunately what we usually get are playground supervisors.

    • http://twitter.com/HowardHyde @HowardHyde

      "these are the times that try men's souls". -Thomas Paine. You nailed my inspiration.


    Hyde is absolutely correct: we must continue the fight against Obamacare until we win. Then, we should amend the Constitution (for the sake of Supreme Court Justices who are too stupid to understand it as written) to specifically deny Congress the power to regulate the practice of medicine or to compel the purchase of any product.

  • Mike in VA

    I have never accepted that ObamaCare is a done deal and there's no reason that the GOP should do so, either. Any Republican who says this Cloward-Piven assault on our HC system and our individual freedom is a done deal and won't do anything to overturn it isn't worthy of our support.

  • John Nail

    And Howard you are such a Patriot that your "pamphlet" will cost all of us $9.95? LOL

  • guest

    Obamacare is destroying this nation. In 2008-the last year before the dictator came to power–my employer based health insurance premiums were half what they are. But that isn't the worst of it. It's my freedom. My corporate employer has instituted policies basing my coverage on answering invasive questionaaires, no, not just 'does anyone in your family have a history of diabetes' more like-'if you are married does your marriage stree you out?'–I was applying for a Health Savings Account and $500 toward my copays and deductible but first I had to answer a 10 page at times very personal survey.

    When I asked if this would go to Human Resources I was told it's all confidential.

    I have been with this company for 12 years and never have I had to do this. I declined the Health Account card because I refused to answer these questions. Now the directives are coming fast and hard–get with the company programs like yoga, etc or you will not be covered. Also, initiatives that used to be voluntary are being used as cudgels to get us to conform or risk-what? mainly our jobs.

  • guest

    sorry-meant to say "stress"-here's the rest of my comment

    Then we have a bunch of full timers being told their positions are now part-time and they are losing coverage. It is already very bad out here, very bad.

    My husband who is semi-retired but still in his 50's has relatives laid off who have had to stay with us. I feel like any moment I could go to part time and be living on the streets.

    Obama will rot in hell for what he is doing to the United States of America. I love this country. I'm so sad and angry!