Healthcare is a Commodity, Not a Right

Last Thursday Senate Republicans presented their own version of a healthcare bill as a replacement for Obamacare, as if it needs to be replaced. It doesn’t but Republicans are still feverishly trying to appeal to Democrats in offering them an alternative they could be satisfied with. Democrats, however, have been indoctrinated into believing that healthcare is a right. It is not a right, it’s a commodity.

Right off the bat Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson vowed to not vote for this bill unless it is amended. This Senate bill, as well as the House version and of course the original bill which became Obamacare, has a price tag of over a trillion dollars. A major point of repealing and replacing Obamacare is to eliminate costs, not add to them. That’s why it is important to repeal Obamacare and not replace it.

As I’ve been saying for years, the government has no place in tampering with healthcare. Capitalism already creates opportunities for the free market to work the way it’s supposed to, through competition. The only role government has as regards healthcare is to ensure that no one is taken advantage of or treated unfairly.

Individual insurance companies should be able to choose what coverage they want to offer. After all, like any other company, they exist to provide a service and make a profit. The more variety of coverage insurance companies offer, such as to patients with pre-existing conditions, the more profitable they can be. The more companies compete, through capitalism and the free market system, the less patients have to pay. That is a solution-based approach to healthcare.

It’s not the role of government in a capitalistic system to create laws that affect the relationship between patient and physician. It’s not even for the government to make sure that people with pre-existing conditions are covered. And it’s certainly not for government to mandate that Americans must purchase health insurance, as was the case with Obamacare. In this case it is the responsibility of government to ensure that no one is forced to purchase healthcare. That is tyrannical and unconstitutional, despite any U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

I’d like to see a law that makes it mandatory to publically address the nation when a controversial bill, such as this needless healthcare bill, comes before the House or the Senate. When a bill meets a certain criteria of controversy, Congressional leaders would be responsible to inform citizens of what the bill is, what it says and does, who it will affect and how. Each party would have an opportunity to voice their positions and no interruptions would be tolerated. The public would then be able to weigh in and express its approval or non-approval. Congresspersons who are smart will listen to the public and vote the right way, representing their constituents. If after passage the new law is different than described (like Obamacare was founded to be), that part of the bill must either be altered to what it was described as, or gotten rid of from the rest of the law. If that proves not to be a solution, the law should be scrapped altogether and repealed entirely.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

NBC Endorses Lawlessness

Last week’s two-hour season finale of Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit was filled with politically correct themes and bitter animosity toward President Donald Trump. As it was the finale, the writers and producers must have felt it necessary to pack in as much social justice awareness as possible. The network never seems to tire of cramming liberal issues down their viewers’ throats.

In the finale episode a Muslim family-owned restaurant gets robbed and a mother, husband and two daughters, who were in the restaurant after closing, get violently assaulted and/or raped with two ending up dead. The first issue the show tackles is Muslim discrimination. In investigating the crime, one Muslim store owner nearby complains to detectives that they are constantly being looked at as suspicious, possible terrorists or worse, and that the Muslim community just wants to live in peace in America.

A closely related topic introduced early in on the episode is how the Muslim community treats homosexuality. In the episode, a relative of the victims, who is a witness in the crime, runs from the scene in order to conceal his identity as a gay Muslim. Obviously having a gay Muslim character is the show’s attempt at bringing us up to speed on what they feel should be socially acceptable.

They don’t stop there. Further on in the episode we find out that one of the suspects in the crime is a Hispanic former employee who, along with his family, is an illegal alien. An attempt to hunt him down, as he works illegally from restaurant kitchen to restaurant kitchen, leads detectives to his apartment where his illegal alien wife lies and tries to cover for him. However, the NYPD detectives make sure to encourage the criminal’s wife that she and her family are safe since New York is a sanctuary city.

It’s a pretty bold statement by the show and the network that they have blatant disregard for the law and that being a sanctuary city entitles them to look the other way when they encounter illegal immigration, a crime in this country. They make assertions such as “nobody is illegal,” which is another falsehood the left tries to advance, knowing full well that some in this country actually are illegal. They can play semantics all they want but the truth is the truth.

Any opportunity the show has to insult and take shots at President Trump and his administration is never missed. The finale included the insinuation that Trump wants to ban Muslims from the United States, the allegation that he called all Mexicans rapists, and the fear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is out of control and ready to forcefully deport illegal aliens. They also commonly portrayed the main suspects as white racist and bigoted rednecks. This is the entertainment NBC is offering its viewers.

It’s really unfortunate that so many shows take the same approach as this one and proscribe their values onto everybody else. Because so many Americans have become numb to important topics and pay no attention to current events, they don’t differentiate reality from a preposterous storyline. Apparently, though, NBC serves as a forum for cause related shows like Law & Order: SVU to take jabs on our president and demonize those who have opinions different from theirs.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at