Mandatory Health Insurance?
Do you support mandatory health insurance? I do but not from private insurers.
Mandatory health insurance is a key component of the Democrats’ health insurance reform bill. Without it, other provisions in the bill would not be paid for. Today, in a lawsuit brought by Virginia’s Attorney General against the bill, a judge, who had been appointed by George W. Bush, ruled the mandatory coverage provision unconstitutional. The case is almost certainly heading to the Supreme Court.
Today’s court ruling serves Obama and the Democrats right!
They tried to tap dance around fighting for Medicare for All and ended up trying to force people to buy insurance from private health insurance companies. Mandatory “customerhood” is not consistent with a citizen’s rights and obligations in a free society. Mandatory coverage is fine; mandatory coverage from private companies is not. Because we, as a society, make at least some effort to provide some treatment, often inadequate, to those with no coverage, we should have a right to require insurance from all who can afford it. That insurance, however, should be a societal obligation like other taxes and not an obligation to be a customer of a private company. The Democrats’ watered-down, compromised health insurance bill is a disaster because it does nothing to control costs by eliminating health insurance company profits.
If health insurance companies are to remain in business, we should change their role from one of profiting from taking risks to simple bookkeeping and customer service.
Some will see today’s court ruling as a win for the right-wing and a rejection of progressivism. Rethink that!
The problem isn’t with the court; it’s with the Democratic Party’s cowardice. Centrist Democrats like to say that they won’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. The problem is, their health care bill isn’t good. In fact, it stinks.
Medicare for All is the system we need; giveaways to the health insurance industry is not.