Hillary Clinton has recently given a talk in which she (kinda) explained her federal mandate for health insurance. In order to save you the pain and suffering of going through the entire blog about it on her website, I’ll highlight her reasoning (then you have only to suffer through my blog about it).
About having a federal requirement for all US citizens to carry insurance, Clinton said, “Now all Americans will have a responsibility to get and keep health insurance. I believe when you make this the law of the land, Americans will follow it and will purchase health insurance – far more than if we don’t have that requirement.”
So — it’s a requirement so that everybody will have it. Makes sense. Kind of obvious, actually. It’s okay, though… she clarifies. Actually, she cites Senator Obama’s Health Care Task Force to clarify: “…they made it very clear if you want to cover everyone, you need to require people to get health insurance. Otherwise, you will fail to cover 60-90% of the uninsured.”
So… according to the taskforce she’s citing, most Americans who don’t already have health insurance don’t want it. However, she’s reiterating, this is why it’s important to require it. Otherwise, people won’t get it.
But why? Why is it so darned important that every American — even those that don’t want it — have health insurance? Mrs. Clinton supplies only one answer for this question as well, multiple times. I’ll only quote her once, though: “…if anything, Democrats should stand for universal health care. That distinguishes us from the Republicans. ” (empasis mine)
There is some very, very odd reasoning going on here. We need to ensure that every person has health care, so we’re going to mandate it… it must be mandated so that every person will have healthcare … every person having healthcare is important because it’s what makes us Democrats. Great.
So, once again, I’ve asked the Clinton camp, very politely, why it’s so very vital that every American — even those with no desire to have insurance — have insurance. When somebody can come up with an answer, I’ll let you know. I have a sneaking suspicion, however, that if there is an answer, it will sound awefully close to these: “we must have universal healthcare so that we have universal healthcare.” And I suspect this is because, ultimately, the Democrats in favor of these measure aren’t willing to come right out and say it: They need everyone to get it so that everyone can pay for it. They’re going to tax you regardless — but this way, you can’t claim you’re not getting anything for it.
Though there is still no answer forthcoming from the Hillary camp on the subject of mandates (or on how to pay for the darn thing), I’m noting with some pleasure that there are now more people asking these questions than just myself… many of them also on Clinton’s campaign site (linked above). We still aren’t getting answers, but the movement, inasmuch as there is one, is growing.
Aside from the 4-6 of us asking questions on the Clinton site, there are, of course, the requisite koolaid drinkers who fervently believe the Senator is the Second Coming of Joan of Arc or some such. And a self-proclaimed French guy who has it in his head that his opinion on American healthcare matters.
These questions need to come to light. And, I believe, the answers. The questions are the beginning. Many of those asking are liberals and nanny-staters who appear more concerned with the issue of cost than that of freedom — but they are asking. And at some point soon, Mrs. Clinton will have to face these questions and give a clear, concise answer. An answer, I believe, that will expose the very limit of her beliefs about the intelligence and competence of the average American.