Comments on: DNC to GOP on healthcare: Bring it on http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/06/27/dnc-to-gop-on-healthcare-bring-it-on/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: kafantaris http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2012/06/27/dnc-to-gop-on-healthcare-bring-it-on/comment-page-1/#comment-428015 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:37:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/?p=41115#comment-428015 Why are we polarized over the insurance mandate when it actually makes us pay our debts; and gives help and dignity to millions of uninsured Americans?
“The insurance mandate is socialism, plain and simple.”
If it’s socialism, you’d have to buy it from the government, which would also tell you what doctor or hospital to go to. But you can buy health insurance from anybody, and you can get treated by the doctor and hospital you want. What’s socialist about that?
“Can’t you see, the government is making us buy insurance. We have no choice in the matter.”
Do you have a choice not to get hurt, or not to get sick? Why then do you want a choice not to have insurance to pay for it when you do?
States in fact already have an individual mandate for car insurance, and they have been putting uninsured drivers in jail for years.
“That’s different. Driving is a privilege.”
Then free health care must be a right in your book. Maybe this idea came from hospitals continuing to treat the uninsured the last half century.
The trade off to us living in a civilized society is that we have to follow rules we don’t agree with. In return, we get great many things, including goods and services that otherwise would be unavailable. But, we still have to pay for them. The mandate makes sure that we do.
What’s wrong with that?

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