So, the Missouri Hospital Association and Member Hospitals Support Shoplifter Insurance Mandate?

Lots of interesting blog and e-mail traffic today with the MHA and their member hospitals launching their assault on Prop C.  The most disturbing fact is that they equate the cost of the uninsured and a federal government mandate to buy insurance as freedom.  They either unknowingly or purposely confuse freedom with liberty.  Only in a world where government is ruler does their assertions of more government equals more freedom make any sense.

One of my e-mail friends, Kurt Bahr, responded with a very on point comment “By the way, the cost of shoplifting (customer non-payment) is also passed on to other customers of businesses. Perhaps we should all be required to purchase food and clothing insurance as well?

It’s a brilliant point.  The whole premise of the MHA and hospital opposition is that those without insurance come to the hospital, get care and do not pay (this again is the result of a failed government law).  The failure to pay drives up all our insurance costs and therefore we need a mandate that everyone have insurance to eliminate the uninsured cost increases.  The same is true of all other consumer areas, car insurance (more on that later), department stores, grocery stores etc.  Using MHA logic, why do we not have an insurance mandate for everything????  Because it’s stupid, not necessary and doesn’t work.

We all know we don’t have to look far for failed government ideas and programs. Massachusetts health care plan is an abject failure. They don’t insure as many people as they said they would.  The health insurance premiums have gone up, not down.  If it’s a model, it’s a model for not doing Obamacare!

Mandated car insurance is another good example.  Let’s get it out on the table right away:  THIS IS A FALSE COMPARISON! Using the “car insurance” mandate and “individual health care insurance” mandate is ludicrous.  The federal government has no authority nor does it require any of us to have car insurance.  Every mandated car insurance program is a state program promulgated by insurance commissioners across the country. 

How well does it work? I would argue that the insurance mandate doesn’t work.  If you want to be sure and be covered in the event you are in an accident caused by someone else who is mandated to have insurance too, you have to carry “uninsured motorist” on your policy.  Otherwise, good luck paying for that car repair caused by an “illegally” uninsured motorist because they sure aren’t paying! Try to buy and finance a care without uninsured motorist coverage.

Perhaps I was wrong earlier saying that the comparisons of car insurance and individual health care mandates were entirely false.  They do show that government mandates don’t work so perhaps there is some merit in comparing them.  The demonstration that government mandates don’t work aside, the comparison of how the two work is simply FALSE and meant to confuse people.

Had the so called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” really been about covering the uninsured, we could still have a good argument about the proper roll of government in the issue, the winning one being, “there isn’t one!”  However, instead of going after the uninsured whether they are uninsured by choice or by insurability, they came after all of us placing us all in the cross hairs of the government gun.  “You will buy this or else!”

It’s a another FALSE comparison when MHA members claim that by allowing and supporting the federal government to mandate something which they do not have the right to do, “you shall have insurance or pay a tax penalty”,  is somehow protecting our freedom. Now to be sure, the more government and their allies like MHA who support big government programs and mandates, take of our money, the less freedom we have.  If Missouri were not to approve Prop C, it would be surrendering our state sovereignty and those voting “NO” would be surrendering personal liberty for all of us.

Webster’s defines freedom as: “1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous <freedom from care>”

And liberty as: 1 : the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of choice”

The position taken by MHA, its member hospitals and other opponents of Prop C clearly demonstrates they do not understand freedom and liberty very well. 

The interesting thing is that whether Prop C passes or fails, there are still going to be uninsured people.  All of us are still going to be paying for them through increased premiums while getting less care and less choices and hospitals are still going to have to treat them. 

All patriots need to be on-call for Tuesday making sure that our state sovereignty and individual freedoms are protected by voting “YES” on Prop C”.

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