Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thoughts on the Health Mandate

Assume the courts uphold the health insurance mandate in Obamacare, with the IRS as its enforcer.  Reasons for the mandate are broader coverage and lower costs, among others.  If so, what is to stop the mandate from being extended to:

Diet: Forced eating of fruits and vegetables, fish and chicken, whole grains, and limits on red meats, pasta, and bakery products.  Let the IRS enforce this too.

Retail: Strict mandates on what can be sold in food stores.  Ration coupons for purchases of unhealthy foodstuffs.

Ditto for restaurants, daily exercise, public transportation, water, electricity, housing size.

Are there any limits to what a progressive government and supportive courts can mandate?  Think it can’t happen here?  Just asking...

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