Yesterday in an interview on Face the Nation Paul Ryan was asked how many people will lose coverage if the American Health Care Act is passed. His non-answer answer: “I can’t answer that question.” Ryan continued: “It’s up to the people.” He then went on to explain: “Here’s the premise of your question. Are you going to stop mandating people buy health insurance? People are going to do what they want to do with their lives because we believe in individual freedom in this country.”
Here’s the premise of Ryan’s answer: people should be able to refuse to be covered by medical services. Because … freedom!!!
But if that’s what “freedom” requires, then why stop at medical coverage? At present people across the United States don’t have a choice but to be covered by fire and police services. If the Smith house catches fire, the fire service is deployed to put it out, period. If there is a shooting at the Wang house, the police service is deployed to intervene. Neither the Smiths nor the Wangs have a choice that they will receive the fire and police service.
The tyranny continues when you get in your car. We’re forced to pay for collision insurance. What if I prefer to roll the dice and forgo such insurance? Nope, the tyrannical government still forces me to purchase insurance.
Even worse, the government requires property owners who own property in areas deemed high risk for flooding to purchase flood insurance.
When will the tyranny end?