Repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate will be a tax cut for many Americans (we know it’s a tax because Justice Roberts called the mandate a tax). This will be a relief to Americans, who paid more than $4.5 billion in penalties for failing to enroll in an Obamacare-compliant health-care plan in 2016. But that’s not the real reason to cheer. As Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner notes, “the biggest problem with the individual mandate is not a question of money.”
The idea that government can force every American to purchase a specific product, even for the common good, is deeply offensive to the American idea of individual liberty. There is a good reason why the individual mandate is the most unpopular part of Obamacare: It runs contrary to the American character, and fundamentally alters the relationship between government and the individual. That alone would justify repeal.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that within a decade as many as 13 million more people will go without insurance. For many of those people, forgoing insurance is not a wise decision. But it is still their decision. Contrary to progressive talking points, no one’s insurance is going to be taken away.
(I)f your health-care model depends on a product so lousy and overpriced that no one will buy it unless you force them to … well, perhaps you should rethink it.
Read more from Michael Tanner here.
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