Sunday, February 3, 2008

Clinton health care plan: we're taking your money

From the AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday she might be willing to have workers' wages garnisheed if they refuse to buy health insurance to achieve coverage for all Americans.

The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed during a television interview, she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."

Clinton said such measures would apply only to workers who can afford health coverage but refuse to buy it, which puts undue pressure on hospitals and emergency rooms. Under her plan, she said, health care "will be affordable for everyone" because she would limit premium payments "to a low percent of your income."

I've wondered how those advocating universal health care coverage planned on paying for it, and suspected something like this.

Additional taxes seem the only way the massive social spending the Democrats have planned can have any funding. It's not like they're going to cut spending; social programs are in large part the reason for their existence. Without the government providing benefits, people might try to help themselves. That is anathema for them, since they seem to believe the purpose of government is to lead it's citizens, rather than create an environment for their citizens to make their own way.

Seems inevitable that any national health care plan will also seek to regulate personal behavior, similar to how some doctors in the UK would like to. For those who would support such actions, remember that only works if the doctors are right and unbiased 100% of the time. For a humorous look at when they're not, see the movie The Road to Wellville keeping in mind the movie didn't invent the "health practices" advocated by the Battle Creek Sanitarium.

What really irks me is the attitude I see here. It's "We're you're betters. Give us your money so we can tell you how to live your life."

That's not what I want from my government. I want to be left alone, to live my life in peace. I don't desire control over others and don't wish to be controlled.

Seems that's becoming less and less of an option.

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