OK -- of all the reasons to oppose Obamacare, am I the only one that sees it as a threat to civil liberties?
The military just went through a debate over whether to ban tobacco use by troops in order to cut health care costs. The tobacco lawsuit was based on health care costs to society. All the rhetoric about fast food, obesity, etc, keeps talking about how much such things cost society in terms of health care.
So if we socialize our medical system via an entitlement program that costs trillions, how long do you think it'll be before government starts using its power to enact social legislation on the auspices of cost containment? Think about it:
- Tobacco use is costing us too much for health care -- increase regulation or ban it.
- Fast food is causing an obesity epidemic that's costing Obamacare too much -- impose draconian standards and prohibitions that drive restaurants out of business or transform them into something different.
- Head injuries cost us way too much -- impose a national motorcycle helmet law.
It's a real Pandora's box -- just think of the things you could justify by saying government has a right to control because it pays the medical bills.