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Live Free -- And Uninsured

Simon11 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 1:33 PM
The Right is just as Progressive Jonah. The Drug War.
togubin Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:27 PM
I am a libertarian and I favor the legalization of all drugs, recreational or otherwise.

Nevertheless, I can't see that FORBIDDING the sale and use of a product (drugs) is the same as FORCING someone to buy a product (health insurance) that he may or may not want.

Lastly, I would point out that there a great many drug legalizers on the right (the late William F. Buckley) and probably as many drug NON-legalizers on the left.
Aura Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 5:35 PM
It's not about whether you want it or not, it's about whether you'll use it or not. And odds are extremely likely that you will. That's why sane people buy health insurance. So they are not financially ruined when a medical emergency arises, and so they can get preventive care in order to avoid getting sick.

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"), NPR's "Talk of the Nation" held a seminar of sorts at the Aspen Institute's legendarily pretentious Ideas Festival. Someone in the audience asked NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner this question: "Today's decision is a positive decision for the estimated 50 million uninsured Americans. Who are the losers today?"

Rovner seemed to struggle to find losers. She came up with insurance companies that want the so-called individual mandate -- now a punitive tax, according to the Supreme Court -- to be much more punitive. After thinking...