Subsidiarity. Learn it. Live it. Love it.

Last year during the run up to the eventual passing of the Obamacare bill, President Obama had to take to the airwaves several times to promote the bill. One significant reason why was the dextrous dubbing of care rationing panels as ‘death panels’ by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

When Palin gave a name to the fear, the poll numbers for the bill really began to crash. President Obama and his supporters were livid. They ran to any network that would put them on air to decry the use of the term and to personally ridicule Palin for saying it. They said over and over and over again, there is no such thing as a Death Panel.

So now the deed is done and guess what? President Obama’s Director of OMB says that the unelected Medicare advisory panel can and will make binding decisions on how much care is too much. A death panel.

Avoiding such monstrous and murderous machinery is why the Church has advocated the principle of subsidiarity as an organizing principle in the affairs of man. Simply stated, subsidiarity “is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority.”
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