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Liberating Legislation?

House Clears Path for Final Health Vote

“It’s liberating legislation,” Ms. Pelosi said. “It’s to free Americans to live their passion, reach their aspirations without being job-locked because they have to have health care, especially if they have someone in their family with a pre-existing condition.”

It’ll liberate money from my pocket, if nothing else. I don’t have health insurance and I don’t particularly want any at the moment. I’m young and healthy. I’m also unemployed (I do have income from the G.I. Bill, which is enough to pay for living expenses and a few beers every month) and not in a position to pay for it, cheaply provided by the government or not.

I’m just going to ignore it until somebody knocks on my door and says, “obey, citizen.” I’ll do it in lieu of fines or jail, I suppose (unless the fines cost less). Jail sucks more than being pestered by the government.

But what really bothers me is Pelosi’s gross misinterpretation of the word ‘liberty,’ because it obviously doesn’t mean the same thing to me as it does to her. I suspect her definition of ‘opportunity’ got mixed up in it somewhere, but I’m not sure. Without this ‘reform’ bill, I had the liberty to decide for myself how my health care was taken care of. With it, I don’t (well, I do, but ‘nothing’ is no longer an option). Plain and simple.

Obviously, having health coverage is better than not. But it’s the principle of not being told what to do as if I were a child. My position is certainly not representative of most Americans, socially or economically speaking. But each and every one of us is being treated like a child, and that should piss people off.

Also, the best solution is for everyone to embrace this and suck the teat of the government until it is dry, force the system to collapse and usher in an era of civil war, godless anarchy and utter failure. The fall of the Roman Empire will be a joke compared to this and mark my words: post-collapse America will be the biggest, most dangerous and most fun party you will ever attend. It will be awesome.

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simstone
simstone

I still do not completely understand the health care bill. Does it mean that everyone has to buy some form of health insurance or risk being marched off to special prisons for the uninsured? what if you simply say, "Fuck off", what's next? A firing squad? Canadians seems to be doing all right until something life threatening comes down the pike and then the ones that can afford it come down here. I've been hearing that a lot of Americans are going to S.Korea and Singapore(?) for treatments that cost a fraction what they do here and are getting surprisingly good results. They'll make a believer out of me when I can get decent coverage without it costing me outta the ass. [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us '0 which is not a hashcash value.

Daniel
Daniel

It does mandate that everyone must purchase insurance, but if you make less than a certain amount the government will provide tax credits for you to purchase it. If you don't have it because you can't afford it, they'll pay for it. If you don't have it because you don't want it (for whatever reason), they'll fine you. It seems to be more of a setup really, one that will force the public option (like Canadian or British) to be necessary within a few years.