Posted 9 years ago on March 29, 2012, 11:20 a.m. EST by HitGirl
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Lost in the news articles and commentary this week about the Supreme Court arguments on health care law is a simple fact: Most of the other industrial nations avoid having a "mandate" by simply giving health care to everyone, thereby forcing all the people into the system. These nations pay for it by taxing them, so they have no choice but to pay.
Politically, it can be (and is) sold to the public as a benefit rather than a requirement. Why can't we do the same? Because it is forbidden in our current political culture to ever mention the word "tax."
Never mind that it would be cheaper, more efficient, and, judging from the experience of everyone else in the world, more effective.
If only some politician would say this out loud...
-Steven Kyle (in his letter to the New York Times)
Your answer, Steven, is because it would violate the Republican code of less government and become yet another example (along with Social Security and Medicare) of how effective the government can be in providing for the well-being of We the People. Republicans call this their ideology, but these "ideals" have more to do with keeping money in their obese bank accounts than they do with any ultimate good for the country.