In 2008, in this space, I warned that
freedom in the United States was under attack.
I quoted columnist George Will, who proposed this
question for the next Supreme Court nominee: "Does Congress have the
right, under its enumerated power to regulate interstate commerce, to
punish the inactivity of not purchasing health insurance?"
It was a hypothetical question, then. It is no longer hypothetical.
Our government has told us not just what we may not do, but what we
During the debate over the health care bill in 2010, President Obama
claimed that the law would cost less than a trillion dollars in its first
decade, that it would "bend the cost curve," thus slowing the rise in
health care costs. (Heck, during the presidential election campaign of
2008, he claimed that his bill would reduce the cost of health care
insurance by $2,500 per year for the average American citizen.) No one
believes that any more. No one.
What will happen... say, five years from now, when the cost of health
care under government control rises even more than the government had
imagined, more than we can possibly afford? Obesity, diabetes, cancer...
all on the rise. Might the government, then, tell us what we can and
cannot eat, in order to "bend the cost curve"? Might the government
demand that we join a health club, and attend regularly, in the name of
keeping us healthy and thus reduce the cost of health care?
Who, today, would dare say that that could not possibly happen... not in
Gay couples can not marry (each other) in California. But soon, you will
not be able to buy a goldfish in San Francisco. No big deal, you say?
Well, if PETA has its way, next, you will not be able to own any domestic
animal as a pet in San Francisco.
Where will it end?
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