Forced health care a slippery slope

Posted: Monday, January 04, 2010

With health care reform looming ahead, a mandate requiring that everyone purchase health insurance and potential court challenges, I think it's very important to realize a few things.

One is how this kind of mandate will squeeze the pockets of many Americans. It also calls into question Americans' freedom to choose. Yes, in America, we have a mandate of carrying auto insurance, but we also have the choice to not own a vehicle.

This health mandate forces Americans to purchase insurance or pay a 2 percent income penalty per year. I can't believe that anyone would celebrate that, not to mention the fact that 23 million people will still be without insurance if the health care bill becomes law.

What kind of change is that really? It's a joke.

Everyone thinks this issue is all about Democrats and Republicans. The truth is, it's about everyone's freedom in this country.

If we allow this kind of mandate to be forced upon us with no choice, we are headed down a very slippery slope of letting government tell us what to do in our everyday lives and with our own money. Do you people really want that?

I think it's way past time to get your heads out of the water and quit living on fantasy island. This reform will set the standard for more forced mandates, and it is only the beginning. I am thankful that there are many attorneys already on board to challenge this in the courts should it be passed into law.

Just remember, most people think that they can't change things, but history has proven time and time again that it only takes one person to make a difference.

Rhonda Hartzell

Angoon



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