Sep 18, 2007

HillaryCare? Freedom Means Personal Responsibility, not Paternal Government

Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.

-- Frederic Bastiat

The Constitution (the supreme law sworn to by both democrats and neo-republicans) makes no provisions for a national healthcare system, which also invades state's rights, and forms communist collectivism ("it takes a village") rather than preserving liberty and freedom. This was proposed in the past, and no doubt, would lead to a national ID card (as all insurance requires), while we are already trying to remove REAL ID from the neoconservative side. (We are surrounded by communist socialism on the left and by fascism from the neo-republicans on the right). A dictatorial, paternal government is contrary to freedom and individual liberty.

This is precisely how Roosevelt's communist Social Security system (government theft by force) was implemented as well, just another national insurance program. The details do not matter. HillaryCare represents communist, socialist government akin to Canada and the UK. If people want to live under that paternal system they should move there instead of trying to change America. America needs change, but not this kind.

Here is what Cato Institute has just released on the subject. Anytime the government "requires" you to do something "for your own good" you are not free.

Clinton to Offer Health Plan

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is unveiling a sweeping health care proposal Monday that would require everyone to carry health insurance and offer federal subsidies to help reduce the cost of coverage," reports the Associated Press. "Fulfilling a pledge to bring health care to all, Clinton's 'American Health Choices Plan' has a price tag of about $110 billion per year. It represents her first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since 1994, when the plan she authored during her husband's first term collapsed."

In a statement issued today on the Clinton health proposal, Michael Tanner, Cato's director of health and welfare studies, writes: " Here we go again. HillaryCare is back, and its apparent that Sen. Clinton has learned little since the American people overwhelmingly rejected her last attempt to overhaul the U.S. health care system. Once again her plan, which would cost $110 billion per year in new taxes, calls for greater government control over American health care. If her plan were to pass this time, it would mean higher taxes, lost jobs, less patient choice, and poorer quality health care."

For Tanner's full statement, click here.