I also resent the government telling me that I have to enter into a contract with a private corporation, and provide them with the most personal of details, against my will. Not only is the Massachusetts mandate unprecedented, its a bad idea and bad law. There are public programs that I may be eligible for, but I refuse to accept charity from anyone, be it a state or a private group. I’ve seen enough to know that there are too many people in this world who are far worse off than me, and I will not accept a penny as long as there is a child going to bed hungry tonight somewhere in this world.
I might not be the smartest guy in any room I walk into, but I’m at the very least well educated. I’ve looked at the costs, I’ve looked at the benefits, and I’ve decided that it just doesn’t work for me right now. I will take my chances. Know what? The government, and the health insurance companies, want to take my chances themselves. Am I only one major illness away from bankruptcy? Sure I am, but I know, the government knows, and the fat cats in their plush offices at the insurance companies all know that the odds of me getting a major illness are extremely unlikely.
I’m not invincible. I can be hit by that bus. I can be diagnosed with cancer. I can slip on my nephew’s matchbox car and crack open my skull. I can also use what’s inside that skull to decide what is best for me. I decide that means taking the money I could be paying in health insurance premiums and putting it elsewhere.
As we finally come to a vote on a health care reform bill, I, as a Democrat who normally favors a strong government to assist the least among us, ask those who represent us to do away with the personal mandate. The intentions are noble, but so were those of every other brick in the proverbial road to hell.