Monday, January 31, 2011

Health care for all [of the citizens of the 23 states that want it]!

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming — whew, what a list — are all declaring Obama's universal health care laws unconstitutional.

Judge Roger Vinson relates the new laws on regulating health care to (hypothetically) regulating food:
"Congress could require that people buy and consume broccoli at regular intervals, not only because the required purchases will positively impact interstate commerce, but also because people who eat healthier tend to be healthier, and are thus more productive and put less of a strain on the health care system."
That is kind of an amusing analogy. But what about certain states (such as Massachusetts) requiring their automobile drivers to buy insurance? Isn't that the same thing?

I guess that's kind of different. After all, roads are property of the public, and thus the government in a sense. And as a judge told me once, driving is a privilege, not a right. However, how we choose to live within our own homes and how we manage our health is not.

How about instead of requiring all citizens to buy their own health care, why not just make all public-sector employers buy their employees health care? That way Joe Schmo who lives on his home farm or owns his own business doesn't have to get health care if he doesn't want to. But at the same time the government can feel fulfilled that all of its employees (direct or indirect) are taken care of.

I'm not big into law or politics, but I want to stir up the pot and get people thinking and commenting. Please do!

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