Forcing People to Buy Health Insurance Is Un-American

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ambulence patientOne of the aspects of Obamacare that has gotten a lot of attention for being unconstitutional is the individual mandate. This is the section of the Affordable Care Act that requires all citizens to purchase health insurance, regardless of their need, desire, or financial ability to pay for it.

In a perfect world, no one would ever get sick and require medical attention. In a fantasy world, doctors would work for free, and no one would ever have to worry about their ability to purchase health insurance. Since it’s a fantasy world, mechanics, plumbers, estheticians, babysitters, and housekeepers would also work for free.

Much to my chagrin, this is not a perfect world, and fantasy is not reality. Medical care is neither a right nor a privilege -- it is a service, and as such, it must be paid for or donated.

Since health care is a service, Americans should have the ability to choose whether or not they want to spend their money on it. It’s not really anyone’s business as to how another person spends their money on their health.

Enter the individual mandate in Obamacare. For the first time in history, our government is forcing citizens to purchase something simply because they exist. People must obtain health insurance, whether they want it or not.

But health insurance is so good! Everyone should have it! How can anyone be opposed to everyone having health insurance?

That’s not the point. The point is that someone has intruded on our personal freedom of choice and demanded that we purchase something for what they deem to be quality-of-life purposes. Of course, it’s also proven that owning pets can generally improve one’s life, so should Uncle Sam decide that everyone should have a doggie or kitty? As soon as we let the government make purchasing decisions for us, for our own benefit, where does it end?

Here’s a great video from Know-Y depicting the absurdity of Obamacare’s individual mandate. In it, Health and Human Services has declared that all Americans must purchase earmuffs to help ward off the common cold.

It might sound silly at first, but it raises an important question about the role of government in our personal lives. As the video says, “If the government can make you buy health insurance today, it can make you buy anything tomorrow.”

The decision to purchase health insurance is a personal one. Let’s keep it that way. 

 

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JHanc968 JHanc968

I agree!

Jeann... JeannieMS

Wow, this is so interesting to me as a Canadian, as I have a very, very different point of view!

JAFE JAFE

I agree too.

JAFE JAFE

I'm a dual Canadian citizen and our health care here is very different. Thank GOD.

nonmember avatar KMac

Wow. Medical care isn't a right? Really? That's such a thoughtless thing to say, in my opinion. I understand if you don't agree with the system itself, but I loathe the claim that so many people make--that you only deserve the health care you can pay for. I think that's ridiculous. It's HEALTHCARE. It's not something frivolous, or really optional.

Crystal Lutes

what about car insurance?  This is kinda dumb, the people who do not have insurance cannot be turned away because of ethics so we all have to pay for them?

Troys... TroysMommy1220

I guess for car insurance you could argue that if you don't want to pay for car insurance then don't buy a car? I always thought mandating car insurance was stupid too. If someone chooses not to buy it and they can't in an at fault accident then thats their own fault and they'll have to pay out of pocket. Just like if you don't have health insurance and you get sick you have to pay out of your own pocket.


Crystal, I don't know how you think health insurance works but you wouldn't be paying for anyone who isn't turned away due to not having health insurance. Hospitals bill patients directly who don't have it. It's not like welfare.

Madel... MadelynMc

Still waiting on those do-gooder photos, Jenny.

Madel... MadelynMc

Um, I guess you've never been hit by an uninsured driver TroysMommy. You have little recourse if someone doesn't pay for the damage to your car. And they usually don't pay. And while hospitals bill patients regardless of insurance, when people don't pay their bill, it results in higher costs for the hospital, which results in higher costs to insurance companies and those who buy their insurance. So yeah, we end up picking up the bill in the end.

nonmember avatar Marie

No problem. Don't pay for health insurance. But please, feel free to come into my er with your "emergency" rash (aka acne). And when the end of the month rolls around and you're waiting for your ssi check to fund your oxy habit, come to the er so we can treat your opiate withdrawal. Need a place to crash for the night? Come to the er and say you're suicidal... Why not?!

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