Alas, we still have Rick Santorum saying Obamacare is the same as what he calls "Romneycare"; the otherwise brilliant Mickey Kaus sniffing that if states can mandate insurance purchases, then we're "not talking about some basic individual liberty to not purchase stuff" (no, just the nation's founding document, which protects "basic individual liberties" by putting constraints on Congress); and the former law professor, Barack Obama, alleging that a "good example" of judicial activism would be the Supreme Court (in his...
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Ann has learned from her mistake. So should you. One purpose of the states as "laboratories of democracy" is to allow different systems to operate without committing the entire nation to such schemes. If the MassCare system turns out to be awful, then Massachusetts can scratch it, and your elected reps in New York can have the evidence to avoid adopting it in the Empire State. Right now, we have a system where the federal government mandates that hospitals must give emergency room care to those who can't or won't pay for it. This in effect amounts to a system of "free" health insurance, driving up the cost of insurance for the rest of us who pay for our coverage.
The reason tea partiers carried signs saying "Read the Constitution!" was that we were hoping people would read the Constitution.
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