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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obamacare is our era’s Prohibition

- - Monday, December 9, 2013

The public ought to see the parallels between President Obama's defense of his signature health care law and the events that ensued after the passing of the 18th Amendment, Prohibition.

Here was a law that took effect in 1920 for the so-called "right" reason: the betterment of society. Sound familiar? Yet Prohibition could not be imposed because of its weak enforcement mechanism. Soon, the public learned how to ignore the power and direction of the federal government. Respect for the law lessened, drinking and crime steadily rose and the public learned how to cheat its government. Government had essentially trained the populace how to ignore a law when it did not suit its interest. After all, the federal government cannot incarcerate all lawbreakers.

Today, the Executive Branch example is the same. When a president changes the law by declaring that citizens may keep individual health care plans that haven't been canceled — even if the plans don't meet coverage or cost requirements — and furthers his disregard for the rule of law and its separation of powers by directing an enrollment delay past the midterm 2014 elections, he is showing an example to society: If you do not like a law, just go ahead and change it.

Now is the time for all Americans to look up and tell their representatives to take a "time out" where Obamacare is concerned. Raise your head and see where the autocratic conductor is leading the nation as he suggests to the people to do as he does and act against a law for expedience. In this time of world unrest, the United States does not need to join the commotion with a period of soft anarchy.

JOHN W. COLEMAN II
Cocoa, Fla.