In this case, the concept of the Rights of Main Street USA.
Following is the lead paragraph in an Associated Press article published after the ONE TRILLION DOLLAR* health care reform was signed:
“Claiming a historic triumph that could define his presidency, a jubilant Barack Obama signed a massive, nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul on Tuesday that will for the first time cement insurance coverage as the right of every U.S. citizen and begin to reshape the way virtually all Americans receive and pay for treatment.”
Let us take a close look at a critical portion of this paragraph.
“…cement insurance coverage as the right of every U.S. citizen…”
According to the dictionary, right, as used here, is defined as: “a just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral.”
The interesting fact about the so-called Health Care Right is that if one does not exercise said right the IRS will come calling to collect a fine for not passing go (i.e., obtaining insurance coverage whether you desire to have it or not, such as the ten million Americans right now who can afford it but have elected not to purchase it).
So, yes, that does reshape how we will pay for treatment, as mentioned in the paragraph above.
The question all Americans should be asking is: How is that a “right?”
-Freedom of speech. Our Founding Fathers, however, did not see fit to fine anyone if they did not exercise their right to talk.
-Freedom of Religion. Have never read about a person being fined for not exercising their right of practicing a religion.
-To petition. When was the last time someone was fined for not submitting a petition?
-To keep and bear arms. We know darn well that no one is fining us for not having firearms in our possession. Fact is, there are those seeking to destroy this particular right.
You get the idea, I am sure.
Politicians cannot have it both ways.
They cannot, sanely and logically, promote to the populace that something is a right if a person will be fined for not exercising that right.
That is an interesting encroachment upon the rights of Main Street USA.
A reversal of the norm.
What comes next?
As it is every citizen’s right to vote, will there be legislation (or better yet, a simple earmark to a larger bill) allowing the IRS to fine people who do not exercise their right to vote.
What a concept.
Great fundraiser for the IRS.
Actually it is a double-barrelled fine…you would also pay for not registering to vote.
Food For Thought.
Over For Now.
Main Street One
* to spend One Trillion Dollars you need to buy a million dollar house each and very day for One Million Days (or slightly over 2,700 years).