A discussion of the moral and constitutional aspects of the national health care law, planned for next week in Wheeling, may open the eyes of some in attendance.
Marketed as President Obama has done, the law at first glance seems like the moral thing to do. After all, doesn't it provide health insurance to millions of people who lack it?
But as more and more Americans are learning, some provisions of "Obamacare" force people and institutions to pay for practices they consider immoral.
In its keystone provision, requiring everyone to obtain health insurance approved by the government, the law has both immoral and unconstitutional ramifications. For example, it forces Americans to pay more than they may choose for health insurance - and requires most of us to pay more to cover free insurance for others we may or may not consider deserving.
The discussion, open to the public, will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the National Technology Transfer Center auditorium on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
With any luck, the exercise will be, well, academic - if the Supreme Court does its job and rules the law is unconstitutional.