Often, when people get all revved up in the idea of yet another free handout from the fed, they do not stop and consider the consequences.
The idea of a free health care plan has sent many into the kind of mental-flat line that often precedes really, really bad policy decisions.
"We have a right to healthy care."
"No one should go broke when they get sick."
"Everyone should get to go to the doctor."
"America is the only industrialized nation that doesn't provide care for all it's citizens."
To begin with, you DO NOT have a right to health care coverage. The reason? Simply put, because your rights are not and cannot be given by the government. I know this seems like an abstract concept, but put a little thought into it and you'll understand what I mean.
Secondly, of course no one should go broke when they get sick. But shit happens. The fix for this relatively minor national issue is not to make the entire nation go broke. Cross-state plans and less regulation means more plan availability and thus lowered prices from competition.
Everyone can see the doctor. It is illegal to deny anyone medical care in the country. It's is important to leave that the way it is now for two reasons. #1 If keeping it illegal to deny care, but not offering a socialized plan, it keeps the number of people without insurance/money who seek medical treatment relatively low. #2 If you just open the gates and allow anyone care at the public's expense that relatively low number who still seek treatment will swell into a tidal wave that will rapidly swamp the system.
This idea that America should socialism it's medical system because Europe and a few other industrialized nations have done it is absurd. Those nations are going broke from their systems, which are all wrought with corruption, bad care, and abominable track records.
And now we have this. Another example of what people don't think about when it comes to relying on the fed to take care of you.
It's not just the added taxes that you will pay, the cost is the loss of liberty.
Remember, the Boston Tea Party wasn't about high taxes on tea, it was because the King mandated that the colonies could only buy their tea from England. The loss of Freedom to choose, the loss of liberty.
Today it was discovered that the cost of obama care will result in the loss of liberty and freedom in the most literal sense:
"Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.""
People, learn this, know this, understand this. It may seem like a great idea for the Fed to give everyone health care. But the price IS going to be more than you will be willing to pay, And you aren't going to really understand that cost until it's too late.