Re: “The individual mandate” (TNT, 11-27).
Professor Walter Zelman asks,”Why is it so troubling that the government is requiring responsible individuals to purchase what they would purchase anyway?”
As a retired military officer and combat veteran, I was precluded from being actively engaged in political matters for much of my professional life. Now I can publicly answer Zelman’s question.
It is troubling because the freedom of choice that many of us served to protect is being eroded. Whether the health care reform is good or bad for the economy should be decided on its merits.
Some of his questions are valid, but his premise that relaxing the government mandate would “cause us to penalize the responsible and reward the irresponsible” smacks of a philosophy from which I and thousands of others swore to defend our country.
We are a nation of free people who need a government to protect our way of life from external and internal threats. Those threats can be military, economic, criminal, social or health-related. Above all, we must recall the admonitions of Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine, who understood the danger of sacrificing our freedom for a sense of security.