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.