In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr. wrote, “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” He further explains that an unjust law downgrades the individual. It makes a distinction between different groups of people.
Examples of such laws are those imposed in Nazi-occupied countries to turn in Jews, and, of course, slavery in the United States. It follows that we have the moral responsibility to disobey any unjust law.
We currently have a law called the Affordable Care Act, which qualifies as an unjust law. It differentiates among groups such as businesses, medical professionals, insurance companies, religions, ethnicities, creeds, governments at various levels, gender, age, elected officials, unions and even sexual orientation.
It is 2,000-plus pages of mindless rules, regulations, fines, fees, taxes, panels, agencies, contradictions and endless government bureaucracy that will strangle our economy, and, thus, our nation.
The harm from the implementation of this law that will cripple our country has now been recognized by some of its original sponsors, who now call it a “train wreck.” There is even resistance from its original supporters, e.g., unions, which are seeking waivers to be treated as a special class.
As a CPA/CFP, I am beginning to see the harmful effects on my clients, and the law hasn’t even been implemented. Most are just frozen in place because of the uncertainty.
The question surely to be asked is “What is the alternative?” The answer is what we have now — the best health care system in the world (until we take the time to craft a better answer with a free and open national debate for a sound alternative).
James W. Hays