Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What country do I live in?

Under a health care reform plan currently circulating in Congress, Americans who choose not to purchase health insurance would be fined up to $3,800 per person (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090909/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_health_care_overhaul). This is ridiculous. Forcing citizens to buy anything outright is almost certainly unconstitutional, so Congress is going to resort to draconian fines in order to "persuade" private citizens to buy something that they don't even want. This situation will be come even more oppressive if a public option is created, since it will eventually wipe out all private insurance due to government subsidies and favoritism. Eventually, the only insurer will be the Federal Government and we will all be forced to buy in or face the penalty of a several thousand dollar fine. Will the Federal Government really fine its own citizens for not purchasing health insurance? Am I in China? Russia? North Korea? The founders of this great country must be rolling in their graves.

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