I’m not an anti-government fanatic, and neither are you probably. We understand that government has a role to play in our lives. Government is necessary for protecting us all and for maintaining order where sin might otherwise abound. That being said, this new Obamacare legislation is egregious. Just think about what it is going to do.
First, it nationalizes the healthcare industry (one-sixth of a very large economy). Second, and more significant, it is federal legislation over every individual in America. Granted, other laws affect every individual. This law, however, actually mandates activity for each individual from Washington, D.C. We have never operated like this before in America. This is not the America of the constitution or of the founding fathers.
In fact, this aspect of the healthcare bill will lead to constitutional challenges. Attorneys General in several states like Virginia are already preparing lawsuits to challenge the constitutionality of this bill. Specifically, as this Washington Post article points out, the issue at hand is whether the federal government has the power to pass laws which punish any and every American for not doing something. The healthcare bill punishes you if you decide not to purchase health insurance. In other words, by federal law (not state law), you are now no longer free to decide whether or not to buy health insurance.
There are further regulations on which plans you must purchase and on what must be provided in the plans, but you must realize the significance of the federal government telling you that you cannot choose to pay for your own medical expenses. The federal government says you must purchase insurance. And the federal government says that it will fine you a couple thousand dollars if you do not buy insurance. No one is free to join a medical sharing co-op. No one is free to invest $600 a month, setting aside the cash to pay for doctors visits, etc. Now, we must purchase a government approved plan–by federal law. I hope the courts agree that this bill is an unconstitutional overreach by the federal government.