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.