This is why the Health Care bill scares me. This is my two cents….
Cent 1… The federal government is forcing me to buy something. They are making every American purchase a product, and if you don’t purchase this product, you will then be taxed because you exercised your right to be a non-consumer. But not only that, it is going to set a precedence. It will open the door for the federal government to force us to buy, pay for, and join any group they feel like we need to be a part of.
Some of you may be saying, come one Mike, that is a stretch. And I say, the Health Care Debate is a perfect example of what I am talking about. How many times have you heard “the government already makes us buy Car Insurance” as a reason why it is OK for the government to mandate Health Insurance? (Barack Obama said just that in a speech given September 2009). This statement or idea has been used several times by the Pro-Forced Health Care camp. They insist that there is no difference. BUT THERE IS. If you don’t buy a car, your consumer choice, you don’t have to buy car insurance. See the difference? We are being forced to buy something that was not initiated by us. You buy a car, you know you have to get car insurance. You buy a house, you know you have to pay property tax. You buy something, you accept the additional costs for that something. So, what do we have to buy to be forced into Health Insurance? Nothing, by the fact you live, the government is mandating you have to buy health insurance, or pay the tax. This analogy is flawed.
But here is where it gets really scary to me. Once we are forced to buy Health Insurance, how many things will use it as a precedence. If they are using Auto Insurance as a precedence for Health Insurance, then what will Health Insurance become a precedence for? I can hear it now… “But the federal government already mandated Health Insurance…” You get the picture. Once we give away our liberties, it is almost impossible to get them back. I think this will lead to more freedoms being taken away. Since they make us pay for Health Insurance, why not force other medial stuff on us. It could be seen as a precedent for mandatory vaccinations, etc… Since they mandate our Heath Coverage, why not mandate what we eat, how we sleep, how we exercise, etc..
Cent 2… Another point about the Health Insurance is the whole thing with Nebraska. For those who are not following it, there is a clause added to the bill so that Nebraska does not have to pay its share of the bill. (This was added so that the Senator from Nebraska would vote for the bill.). This is really in direct conflict with the Constitution of the United States. It is giving one state a mandated advantage over another state. This is in direct violation of Article 1 – Section 9 – Limits on Congress. “No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another:”
Your thoughts and comments as always are welcomed. Here is a great comment about the Health Care reform made by Congressman Rogers from Michigan.