In case you spent yesterday under a rock, the US Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was, in essence, a tax, making the entire law constitutional. Now we can start implementing the law, bringing a lot of good stuff to the American people.
Of course, the phone kept ringing from my local representatives inviting me to town hall meetings to discuss how we can repeal this violation of our personal liberties.
Really? I have health insurance right now, and I do not feel any loss of freedom. Many patients I know would like to be able to purchase health care, but someone in their family has a pre-existing condition that precludes coverage. Implementation of the ACA will give them freedom to see their providers and take care of themselves.
My state makes me buy car insurance. Of course, I am free to opt out if I do not drive a car (which would be nearly impossible in this city). However, the healthcare plan in Massachusetts (passed by then-Governor Romney) has a similar requirement for health insurance.
So a mandate by a state, through some sort of magic, is good for you, but a federal mandate saps your freedom?
I have ranted enough. I hope that we can soon accept the ACA and move onto other things that the government should do.
Yes, the founding fathers never envisioned universal health coverage, but leeches were cheaper than prescription drugs.
Have a good weekend, all.