Obamacare has some good things to offer (so insist people I respect in the healthcare field who are grateful for at least some aspects of the law). But I’m having trouble seeing how the good could possibly outweigh the bad, because the bad is, well, really bad. Requiring Catholic institutions to pay for birth control and Christians in general to fund abortions (because by technical definition, the morning-after pill cannot be ruled out as being abortifacient) is a ridiculous disregard of religious freedom. And nothing could be worse than taking innocent lives. But what I’m about to share with you comes pretty close in its devaluing of life. This mandate is a complete disregard for parental rights and a massacre of common sense.

In Oregon, as part of the Obamacare mandate, fifteen- year-olds can be sterilized. Without parental consent.  And what parent would consent? It is ludicrous to think that a fifteen-year old can make an irreversible life plan regarding career, let alone something as important as procreating. And yet, these teens who cannot get tattoos or even vote for the elected officials who sign off on this madness can decide, on a whim, that they don’t want children. Not many fifteen year-olds can imagine themselves with children. Maybe because they are still children.

Fifteen-year-olds need parental consent to use a tanning bed in Oregon, but not to receive sterilization procedures.

And this is why I am against a national healthcare system on principle. Because it makes sense, from a cost perspective, to encourage sterilizations as the first line of “defense” against expensive pre-natal care and birth costs. The Plan B (pun intended) is abortion. And I have a feeling that the as-yet-unveiled Plan C will be to require mothers to pay for their own labor and delivery if they choose to not abort babies who have Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, or other expensive conditions.

And how long will it be before sterilization is mandated for certain populations? Should we sterilize the mentally handicapped? The economically-downtrodden mothers who keep reproducing? The women who carry the gene for Tay-Sachs? I don’t want the government asking, let alone answering, these questions. When a cost-benefit analysis rules healthcare, the good of society (as determined by money) outweighs the good of the individual in many cases, and the freedom of the individual in all cases. Pareto improvements, not a better bottom line, should be the goal of any healthcare implementation, but when was the last time the government effectively helped anyone?

And what about the doctors’ freedom? Will they be required to carry out all edicts issued from the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which will be permitted to render cost-saving measures that don’t require congressional approval? Will the validity of their medical licenses depend less on adherence to principles in the Hippocratic oath and more on an oath to the federal government?

Do we really trust our elected officials this much? Even if you support Obama, are you okay with a president you disagree with answering these questions?

As this article regarding forced sterilization concludes, it says, “Parents in each of the remaining forty-nine states, brace yourselves. We’re about to watch this bill unravel across the country’s map.” If only this was the one thing we were bracing ourselves for… it could be a bumpy ride downhill before we hit bottom and realize what a mess we’ve made of the lives of our children.