I don’t like the new health care reform because we can’t afford this right now. We are facing trillion dollar deficits for years to come! We should get our financial house in order before trying to use government funds to subsidize health insurance for millions of new people.
However, many on the right are overreacting to certain aspects of the bill. For example, the idea that you must buy health insurance or else pay a penalty is not so bizarre. It is normal practice now that you must buy insurance to drive on the roads. And everyone must pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. Thus, these programs require your mandatory participation. The requirement to have health insurance will one day be mainstream thinking too. (Consider the alternative to achieving near universal coverage: a single-payer government-run system like in Canada and Europe.)
In fact, the idea that you must buy health insurance or pay a fee is a Republican idea:
WASHINGTON – Republicans were for President Barack Obama’s requirement that Americans get health insurance before they were against it. The obligation in the new health care law is a Republican idea that’s been around at least two decades. It was once trumpeted as an alternative to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s failed health care overhaul in the 1990s. These days, Republicans call it government overreach.
Mitt Romney, weighing another run for the GOP presidential nomination, signed such a requirement into law at the state level as Massachusetts governor in 2006. At the time, Romney defended it as “a personal responsibility principle” and Massachusetts’ newest GOP senator, Scott Brown, backed it. Romney now says Obama’s plan is a federal takeover that bears little resemblance to what he did as governor and should be repealed.