People feel the same about horseradish as they do about the Affordable Care Act

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.

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2 Responses to People feel the same about horseradish as they do about the Affordable Care Act

  1. I think your thoughts on Obama care are very simplistic. There are those who do not want the federal Government to force them to buy something from a private company that they do not want. And actually the Supreme Court agreed with them. Roberts summed up the split-the-difference decision: “The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance,” he wrote. “The federal government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance.” So the people who did not want the feds telling them to buy a private product were correct.

    “A report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts the health insurance individual mandate included in President Obama’s health care law will force approximately four million uninsured Americans to pay a sizable fine by 2016.” “Under a complex system of waivers and caps put into place for households which fit certain criteria, the annual penalties will average a little more than $1,000 apiece by 2016, according to the CBO.”
    I think the biggest problem with Obama care was the deceit and lies used to pass the bill on a very partisan vote!
    Lies about the cost!
    Lies about the new taxes!
    Lies that it would save us money!
    Lies that no one making under 250,000 would see a tax increase!
    If just the tax word was used the bill would have never passed!
    Obama told us time after time it was not a tax. Are there a few good policy’s in the bill? Yes there are. But we don’t need 2700 pages to make the changes. Remember what Speaker of the House Pelosi said “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”
    Your Horseradish argument is just silly!

  2. Sean Adkins says:

    I don’t see my argument as simplistic or silly, but thanks for the feedback.

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