Worldview Thought for the Day
What do you call it when a government requires people to buy a product or service from the government by the threat of force?
If this happened in Honduras, the world would decry it as act of tyranny by a dictatorship. If this happened in the United States, the world would applaud it as part of much needed health care reform.
That’s right, the health care reform bill just put forth by Congress contains among its more than 1,000 pages of proposed new laws the provision that no one who does not already have private health insurance on the day the law were to go into effect will be able to buy private health insurance. Couple that provision with another that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or suffer a 2.5 percent of income tax penalty enforceable by the same laws that throw tax evaders in jail or worse, and all of the sudden the United States is starting to look a lot like what the leftist crafters of this bill think Honduras looks like right now.
Of course, then there’s the up to 5.4 percent theft surcharge levied against Americans earning more than $350,000 a year simply because they earn more than $350,000. I can already hear some leftists crying, “What’s the problem? It’s only five percent!” while cleverly ignoring Obama’s promise to increase that same group of American’s income tax rate by 26 percent and their capital gains tax rate by 166 percent.
And never mind the fact that the proposed health care reform presented by the leftists in Congress does nothing to address what is purportedly the goal of the reform to begin with: to reduce the cost of health care.
So, what we have instead of reform is a program that mandates that Americans buy a product from the government under the threat of force, that steals from Americans who are working hard enough to live comfortably, and that fails to accomplish its primary goal of making the product we are being forced to purchase from the government cost less than it does from the private sector right now.
This is the change the Obamasar has commanded us to believe in. Do you?
Honduras is looking better with every passing moment.