According to Madame Speaker, your existence as a person living within the United States is enough reason for the heavy hand of the state to handcuff you, haul you into court, find you guilty and sentence you to prison unless you purchase this product deemed essential by her and her cronies in Washington.
h/t to Hot Air
Health care for all sounds like a wonderful idea, and indeed it is. However, the reality is that any program run by or required by the state carries with it the threat of force in its enforcement. Scripture says it best, “the power does not bear the sword in vain,” and indeed it does not. There is quite a bit of difference in incentivizing socially desirable behavior (like marriage or home ownership or yes, owning health insurance) and enacting punitive measures if one fails to comply with what someone, somewhere deems to be in your best interest.
While libertarians and some conservatives might balk at the notion of the state doing anything to encourage certain behaviors through the tax code, I am willing to concede that some socially beneficially aims might be rightfully considered, and in any event, there is no punishment for those who do not comply. This is why our tax code encourages, through the deductibility of donations to religious and charitable organizations, philanthropy. Such organizations, religious or otherwise, have proven themselves again and again to be more than capable of delivering at far lower cost and with far greater efficiency, the types of services that liberals insist we need. It would be quite simple (and probably cheaper) for all the bleeding heart liberals who are distressed by the lack of adequate health care coverage to simply band together and create a health care non-profit that would cover the cost of care for the uninsured, for illegal immigrants, and for gender dysmorphic double transsexuals. They could even pay for abortion on demand if they wanted to!!
However this type of giving is not preferred by statists because the individual retains control of his money, as do the organizations to which he gives. And it certainly isn’t preferred by liberals, who could solve the problem all on their own. They prefer rather to mandate “compassion” through the tax code by compelling everyone else to foot the bill for that which they have decided is necessary. And if you don’t agree, or don’t want to comply, well then, you are an enemy of the people and prison is the place for you. Kind of like those kulaks who selfishly horded grain to feed themselves and their families rather than turning it over to the state…