Thursday, March 29, 2012
My Understanding Of The Health Law Debate
I've been following the story as we drive north on the interstates. My eye on the road. My ear to the radio. Yes, I've been multi-tasking. My driving distracted by the health care story. My understanding of the health care story distracted by semis, RVs as big as Peter Pan buses driven by 80 year old men, and billboards that shout things like " Who is John Galt? " And " Truck Drivers! Cafe Risque Next Exit."
So forgive me if I don't have a handle on this big news story. Correct me if I'm wrong, but is it really all about broccoli? I heard today that one of the Supremes, Justice Scalia said, " Could you define the market? Everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so you define the market as food, therefore, everybody is in the market, therefore you ( The Government ) can make people buy broccoli."
First thing that came to my mind was that if " everybody is in the market, the lines are going to so long, that nobody will want to be in the market. " The express line would have a sign that read: 100 items or fewer."
Secondly. I like broccoli. But I like asparagus more than I like broccoli. If the government is going to require me to buy broccoli, I won't be able to eat as much asparagus.
Correct me if I'm wrong. The way I'm hearing it is that some people who like broccoli aren't paying for it. They're shoplifting it, which drives the price of broccoli up. In other words, I'm paying for other peoples' broccoli.
So I guess I'm all for this " Individual Mandate " idea. I shouldn't have to be paying for other folks' broccoli. What's next? Asparagus?