I heartily accept the motto that government governs best that governs least.
Henry Thoreau Civil Disobedience
So our Supreme Court has decided that Congress can impose a penalty tax for not having health insurance. It’s impossible to predict what kind of precedent this sets but it does seem to open the door to further intrusions of our civil liberties and freedom of choice by the federal government. If maintaining good health can be mandated by the government then there does not seem to be any limit on what they can require us to do. And if we can’t or won’t comply they can tax us. I am amazed that anyone in this country can think that this is a good decision.
“I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it comes to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress.
“Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate.’ The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.
“Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.”