They are not even trying to hide it anymore. Why? Because the left knows that the public is completely unaware of the meaning of freedom and liberty and have been brain washed with years of entitlement mentality programming, to the point that MANDATORY government regulation is seen as a good thing.
The "individual mandate" was announced as part of Hillary Clinton's plan for socialized national health care. Her plan is not to let the free market and capitalism drive down the costs of health care, and not to let the individual citizen save for, provide, and determine their own health care needs; her solution is REQUIRE everyone to have it. The strong arm of Uncle Sam oppressing your liberty............but don't worry, its for your own good!
"The centerpiece of Clinton's plan is the so-called "individual mandate," requiring everyone to have health insurance — just as most states require drivers to purchase auto insurance. Rival John Edwards has also offered a plan that includes an individual mandate, while the proposal outlined by Barack Obama does not."
John Edwards' plan includes mandatory yearly physicals, and don't think for a second that your personal medical records will remain private when your going to a government mandated doctor appointment.
The theory that mandatory coverage and mandatory preventative care will reduce costs thus paying for the increased federal spending required to provide national health care is a fallacy. Want to reduce the cost of health care?..........stop providing it free to everyone who is uninsured, illegal, and not facing an immediate acute life threatening condition. Inject capitalism into health care outside of the trade off between insurance premium costs, co-pays, and negotiated payments by health plans.
John Stossel's recent program on health care featured a woman, who was uninsured because of pre-existing cancer. He commented that she "only goes to the doctor when she really needs to." WHATS WRONG WITH THAT? Shouldn't everyone only go to the doctor when they need to. Because we only pay co-pays, and reduced drug prices, we 1) don't know the real price of health care and don't pay it; and 2) go to the doctor more than is necessary, because we don't bear the costs individually.
The woman on the program was uninsured because she VOLUNTARILY left her job (which had full benefits) to pursue a career as a private real estate broker. HER CHOICE. Yes, its unfortunate that after she made that choice she was diagnosed with cancer, but that is not a reason to force me, or any other citizen, to pay for her care.
"That is awfully cold and uncaring of you A-Hole!" You might say. "What if your family member had cancer and couldn't get care?" Well, I would help them. If that was not enough, they could seek help from other charitable PRIVATE organizations, if that was not enough they might die. Sad? Yes. Heartbreaking? Yes. A reason to force complete strangers (American citizens) to pay for my family member's care because we cannot? NO. Remember, the government has no money of its own. The government does not earn any money by producing any products or services for profit. The government's money is YOUR MONEY. You should choose how to spend it, how to provide charity with it, or provide YOUR OWN INSURANCE.
p.s. The A-Hole is not callous, was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and is not speaking without personal experience in this area. The A-Hole has family with cancer, has lived uninsured by choice and had to pay private insurance as well. The A-Hole would love to strike out on his own and run a small office with his name on the door. He CHOOSES not to, largely because of the benefit of health care provided by working in his dark, demoralizing, oppressive cubical that is owned, controlled, and ruled by an evil capitalist law firm.
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