The Wheels Are Coming Off
...I don't get how you can possibly hand me a health care bill with an individual mandate and no public option. If I'm uninsured or poorly insured, and the answer coming out of Congress is that I now have to buy crappy insurance from some private company that has no plan to actually help me pay for my health care without raking me over the coals, then I've gone into this fight an ardent supporter of strong reform, and come out a teabagger.
You're going to force me to pay an insurance company for shit insurance that as a free market actor I decided not to even try to buy?
Fuck the hell out of that. Come and get me if you want my money. Paying the government against my will I can understand. It's the government, and it takes things. I might not like it, but I get it. Now, "libertarians" will no doubt scoff haughtily at that, but look, we differ on how much intrusion we'll tolerate. BFD. Welcome to Earth. But if I'm gonna lose that money one way or the other, to my mind it had damn well better be to pay for insurance that actually covers something, and not to be burned on executive bonuses, advertising, or 30% overhead when there's a 4% plan on the market.
Paying an insurance company whose product I don't want? That makes no goddamn sense to me whatsoever, and I want nothing to do with it.
David Waldman and other statists are so fucked up over health care that they're coming dangerously close to endorsing individual freedom.
Says one commenter: "They can track me down and toss my butt in jail before they tell me I have to pay a private, for-profit corporation."
Not that it's any consolation to me. In their view, it is a sincere moral outrage to ultimately have a cop point a gun in your face so you give private companies money but it's "who cares, get your whiny ass in line" when the government is the recipient. The former is grounds for open tax revolts and defiance. The latter is as agreeable as breathing.
They still aren't thinking straight.
They probably never will.