Most libertarians and conservatives agree on a vastly diminished government role. That is to say, I want just enough government to take care of my health and safety needs. National defense. The Food and Drug Administration.
What I don't want is a government that buys automakers, makes loans to homeowners and students, and subsidizes businesses like big oil- who are doing just fine without government assistance.
Which leads me to Obamacare.
Compelling citizens to buy health care or purchase any product under threat of law is illegal and unconstitutional. It is unprecedented. There is always one idiot in the room that will make these two arguments.
1. State governments force us to buy motor vehicle liability insurance, don't they?
2. Why should I or society have to pay for your poor lifestyle choices?
Let me answer these two questions.
1. Driving is a privilege. Liability insurance protects us from each other. One of the roles of government is the protection and safety of it's citizens. Liability insurance protects us from each other. However, unlike driving, life is not a privilege. It is a God given right. You have the right to drink water, eat food, breath air. You have the right to choose how to spend your money. You have the right to choose what health care you want or need. You have the right to live and survive. Those are constitutional guarantees. You have that right because we were designed as a country that prized FREEDOM and died for it. And the only thing that has changed in the 240 years since that Constitution was signed (for the sake of this point) is the quality and cost of health care.
2. People make poor decisions. It is not my job to suffer the consequences of their poor decision making. I have no control over what other people eat, smoke, and drink. Government, drug companies, insurance companies, and the health care industry have done a great deal to socialize medicine. The simple truth is- is that health care providers legally steal from the haves through exorbitant billing in an attempt to socialize the health care costs of the have nots. It's not my job to pay the costs of the have nots- whether some third party desperately wants me to believe that- is completely irrelevant to me. Really, it's not my problem. But that sure doesn't stop them from trying to pick my pockets.
I have an 1100 dollar bill for one simple two minute blood test. From the St. Lukes hospital lab. I refuse to pay it. I offered to pay a small premium over a competing lab's price of 210.00. I offered 300.00. Instead, they sent the bill to collection. I begged them to take me to court. They can't. They aren't going to get 1100 and they know it. This ridiculousness and state sanctioned thievery is out of control and nearing an end.
The problem with the whole health care system is that it is over run with abuse and greed. From top to bottom. It needs a vast and complete overhaul. Regulation. And millions upon millions of healthy people are done subsidizing the costs for people that have to have health care. The system is breaking down and will eventually implode as we move to a service economy with crappy wages that can't pay the outrageous demands of health care. The point is- is that the government's solution (Obamacare) is worse than the problem itself.
The next time you hear the statists, or lefties, argue for Obamacare make sure you listen closely. You'll hear one of those two arguments.