Boy, are they oppressed now, bearing upon their backs nearly the whole burden of funding Obamacare in the absence of enough "millionaires and billionaires" to make the program possible. Who took away the free lunch?
Consumers who formerly were entitled to shop around for the premium-deductible combination that best suited their needs and pocketbooks have been told -- the truth is on the table at last -- to shut up and do things the government's way. Consumers can't even abstain from purchasing a policy. Big Brother has his eye on them -- the doofuses who doubted his free-lunch promises all along, as well as those who gobbled each promise with chocolate sauce.
No economist ever spoke more inspirationally than Friedman in behalf of choice as the key ingredient in the free market pie. We choose at the risk of being wrong, as also on the hope, the expectation of being right; such was his notion.
"Free" never meant privileged to walk the check at the house's expense. It meant free to work and plan and plan and work. The present White House doesn't much care for either of those avenues of personal expression. The present White House can do the planning, thanks, and announce the results.
Work? There's another foreign concept. Maybe the "1 percent" can do whatever we need. We get that impression, don't we?