Blame misogyny: Not everyone saw Obamacare’s individual mandate as the gift of freedom


We’ve gone on about this before, but it doesn’t seem as though it will ever be resolved. There’s a reason we operate on essentially a two-party system: because American citizens tend to hold very different beliefs about the government and its role in citizens’ everyday lives. Take health insurance, for example. If you don’t believe the government is compelled by the Constitution to provide it, you’re free to purchase it on the open market. However, things get a bit more complicated when you think the government should get into the insurance business: then you end up with awkward baby steps like Obamacare, in which the government mandates that you have health insurance and fines you if you don’t. Maybe it’s just us, but of those two scenarios, being forced by the government to purchase health insurance doesn’t sound like the one based on “freedom.” But that’s where we are: hundreds of millions now seem to believe freedom can only be realized when the government provides all and eliminates personal responsibility.

Take, for example, Andy Slavitt, who was brought in to after it rolled off the assembly line broken and inoperative. He wants the word “freedom” itself back, damn it!

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