We all want to be healthy, and we’d all love affordable health care. The problem is, given the various states of our personal economies, one person’s affordable health care is another person’s final-straw financial burden. The new national health regulations will require all Americans to buy health insurance.
Under penalty of law. Ouch.
However, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond, Virginia, said yesterday that the mandate goes beyond Congress’s powers to regulate interstate commerce. No doubt the decision will end up before the Supreme Court.
The issue of health care for all citizens should not be a matter of paying for it, or becoming a criminal. We are forced to pay for car insurance, but we make a choice to drive or not drive. Don’t want to pay the insurance? Don’t get behind the wheel. Park the SUV.
It cannot work that way with health insurance. As applied from the automobile model, the option for those choosing no insurance is to park the body. Die.
What sort of option is that?
Choosing between death and becoming a criminal for lack of insurance are foolish options for America’s less affluent. The poor, let’s call them. Those who would have to face giving up meals or gasoline for work transportation to pay the Obama bill.
Everyone deserves health insurance, but if government social funding is not an option, that same government should not be asking for the poor to go hungry, die, or pay a fine for insurance’s sake.