When it comes down to it, people’s reaction to the Affordable Care Act comes down to not being told what to do.
Ask most people about the law and they’ll refer to one small provision that would require people to carry insurance or pay a fine — they would not go to jail.
Truth be told, that provision affects very few people.
But all that doesn’t matter. People simply do not want to be told what to do. In short, they will risk injury and even death to hold on to the illusion that they control their own lives.
I’ll put it this way: Let’s say a law came down that people could no longer eat horseradish on Wednesday while balancing on their right foot. People, even those who have never eaten horseradish, would be up in arms. Associations would form to fight such a mandate. Rallies and marches would make the evening news.
Experts would debate both sides and, eventually, the highest court in the land would issue a final ruling.
Don’t believe me. Try it. See what happens.