From Yahoo News:
For the first time, most Americans would be required to purchase insurance, and face penalties if they refused. Much of the money in the bill would be devoted to subsidies to help families at incomes of up to $88,000 a year pay their premiums.
Let’s leave aside the question of requiring the purchase of insurance; we would rather have a coercive government than a free citizenry, because freedom requires something of us. Fine. Besides, many states, like mine, already require all drivers to have basic car insurance, and so this isn’t a huge leap.
Helping families with incomes of $88K buy insurance? If I’m not mistaken, that is almost triple the poverty rate. It is well over double what I make, and well into middle class. Why do these families need subsidies to buy health insurance? Many of these families can afford new cars, flat-screen tv’s, and regular sushi dinners. Why the hell should the government pay for part of their insurance when someone of that income bracket, generally, CAN afford health care and simply CHOOSES not to have it?
Abortion is a whole separate issue. I’m honestly not sure if this bill allows for government funded abortion or not, honestly. My own inclination is to side with the Catholic Bishops over Nancy Pelosi. But why did this debate only revolve around abortion? Let’s start with this: a government that won’t allow us to make “bad” choices is a government bordering – at minimum – on the despotic. Welcome to the land of change.