Bill Frist Wants To Require Compulsory Health Insurance

I am sadly disappointed by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

For some reason, Frist is promoting forcing people to purchase health insurance, which is the first step down the road to a fully government-run healthcare system. Once you have the threat of fines and/or jail time for not purchasing insurance, it’s not that big a stretch to expanding federal control over the entire system.

This proposal is also essentially anti-freedom. Freedom includes the freedom to make stupid decisions and, yes, face the consequences of those decisions. Dealing with those consequences is one of the best sources of wisdom, which helps keep you from making more stupid decisions. Some people, apparently Frist included, want the entire world to have padded corners so no one ever gets hurt. But that’s not how America became great. America became the wonderful place it is because people took risks, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding.

C. S. Lewis said it best:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.


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Conservative Wanderer is currently Editor-in-Chief of That's Freedom You Hear! That means anything that goes wrong can be blamed on him. Previously he was a contributor to the PJ Tatler.

3 responses to “Bill Frist Wants To Require Compulsory Health Insurance”

  1. wapiti307 says :

    If Senator Frist chooses to not take the road less traveled, he can do so at his own peril. Both parties in Congress have their bad apples that need to get sorted out and discarded.

    Perhaps after it is his turn to run for re-election and he wonders why he lost, he can look back at moments like the time he promoted mandatory health insurance. Perhaps he will be able to gain some perspective on how his constituency and the American people as a whole really think and feel.

  2. wapiti307 says :

    Thanks for setting me straight, CW. I don’t know what or who I was thinking of. The premise of my statement should still apply though—politicians who want to do what they want and when they want are put on notice that they can easily be replaced come the next election cycle. People are now more aware of and fed up with the same old politics as usual that exists in Washington, D.C.

    I am wondering what former Senator Frist’s motivation would be. He is a physician and surgeon, so he must be thinking from a doctor-patient viewpoint, although there are current U.S. Senators who happen to be doctors, who would vehemently disagree with him.

    One thing is for sure, if he decides to run for any political office again, he will have to answer for the statements he has made. If people are wising up to slick politicians, he won’t be able to easily retract what he has said.

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