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HEALTH CARE: Don’t deny personal choice

Letter by Donald Sanislo , Auburn on March 19, 2012 at 11:51 am with 6 Comments »
March 19, 2012 12:43 pm

In the ongoing debate over the great “Obamacare” health-care mandate, I have heard many references to the government’s use of “required” purchase of Social Security as a justification for the mandate to purchase “Obamacare” government health insurance.

The only problem with this argument is that participation in the Great Society’s favorite “mandate” is voluntary.

President Bill Clinton said so himself in his response to a disgruntled taxpayer complaining about his forced contributions to the system when he said (paraphrasing here), “If you don’t like it, opt out. It’s your right.”

And he was right. Participation is optional; it’s the law. And that’s what makes “Obamacare” participation illegal and unconstitutional. There is no option for an individual “opt out” in the law.

In the leftist zeal to rush this law through, they forgot one simple principle of our Constitution: We have individual rights to freedom of choice. At least so far.

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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    This “care” package is the way it is because Pols did NOT want to lose out on all the cash big insurance and big medicine was handing out. A true system would be universal health with a single payer,and a national sales tax so that EVERY single citizen, and illegal, and visiter would pay into it. The way it is now, the same people paying income tax will be footing the bill for the same lounging sponges that don’t pay income tax.

  2. alindasue says:

    BlaineCGarver said, “A true system would be universal health with a single payer,and a national sales tax so that EVERY single citizen, and illegal, and visiter would pay into it.”

    While I like the idea of a universal health system, I think the recession’s effect on our state’s sales tax revenue and budget is enough evidence that a “national sales tax” could not be a reliable enough way to fund such a system.

    By the way, a fair percent of those who “don’t pay income tax” do work. Just because their jobs pay very low wages (and equally low benefits) doesn’t make them “lounging sponges”.

  3. It’s funny! When people opt out, they seem to want to opt in when the going gets rough! Get sick! Then, I’m entitled to use the emergency room free of charge, except, the uncompensated care jacks up the health care costs for the rest of us. The same with social security! Sure, opt out. Then, when you retire you’ll demand supplementary security income which comes out of the general fund. Maybe, if we let those who opt out to be denied medical care and force them to live with relatives or under the bridge, they’d change their tune. Everyone is for exercising their ‘freedoms’ and ‘liberties’ but is short on personal responsibilities.

  4. LornaDoone says:

    Donald, were you opposed to a mandate when the Republicans were trying to push one through, or did you just come to this conclusion since Obama took office?

    This is from FOX News, so that you’ll believe it:

    “Republicans were for President Obama’s requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it.

    The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that’s been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. These days, Republicans call it government overreach.

    Mitt Romney, weighing another run for the Republican presidential nomination, signed such a requirement into law at the state level as Massachusetts governor in 2006. At the time, Romney defended it as “a personal responsibility principle” and Massachusetts’ newest Republican senator, Scott Brown, backed it. Romney now says Obama’s plan is a federal takeover that bears little resemblance to what he did as governor and should be repealed.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/27/republicans-hatched-idea-obamas-health-insurance-mandate/#ixzz1pdEYTiXD

  5. PumainTacoma says:

    Where in Europe do they tax you for having good health care or a Cadilac plan paid by your employer? Name the country? This is the outrage people are experiencing working in the private sector. Even Europe isn’t stupid enough to tax employer paid health care plans that offer MORE care.

  6. schipperke says:

    The “opt out” of social security is based on objection based on religious beliefs. There’s a IRS form that has to be filled out which requires proof of religious belief against Social Security. Probably the same type of objection used during the Viet Nam era.
    So opting out is not an option for most of the population.

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