I saw something refreshing recently. A group of people on Facebook vowed not to comply with the new health care bill. They insist that the government has no right to force them to buy insurance. I thought that all such principled stances had disappeared with the last person who elected to serve jail time rather than fight in Viet Nam. (I respect and admire those who served there and I respect and admire those who chose jail. In my view, either one was honorable.)
Would you obey any law? It seems our government thinks so, no matter what the people think or what shady deals are required to pass it. The Democrats are not the least bit interested in the rights of individuals who provide health care–they just know that people “ought” to be taken care of when they are sick.
Let’s remember that for every entitlement, there is a set of people who are forced to provide it. Medical care does not appear out of thin air, and medicine is not manufactured by fairies. The enormous complexity of our economy masks the millions upon millions of transactions and coordination required to make even one bandage. If a law were passed requiring a particular nurse to provide his/her services for free, all but the most ardent fascist or socialist would be outraged. Yet we pass a law requiring those who do not need or want insurance to have it, requiring an insurance company to cover people who are already sick, and punishing employers who do not insure their employees.
“I will not comply” is a perfectly reasonable reaction to a bill that violates the spirit, if not the letter of everything the Founders envisioned for us and which is repugnant to all of us who still hold liberty dear. Those who support this monstrosity will do well to remember that the Democrats are not going to treat them when doctors refuse to, create life-saving drugs when pharmaceutical companies cannot make a profit, or reach into their own pockets when taxpayers simply say “no.”
I have always believed that the rule of law trumped my own narrow interests. I comply with any number of laws that I find silly, useless, and stupid. It never occurred to me that my country would allow a narrow majority to pass such a sweeping, expensive, and destructive bill as we just saw Sunday. More is on the way, too. The more our government whores itself out to large business interests and self-appointed saviors who think they know what is best for the rest of us, the more of us will simply say:
I will not comply.