There isn't anything wrong with it, except some people look at it as an infringement upon individual freedom. But when it comes to states requiring it for automobile insurance, the principle then ought to lie the same way for health insurance, because everybody has some health insurance costs, and if you aren't insured, there's no free lunch. Somebody else is paying for it.Sounds like Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi, right? No. It was Chuck Grassley. But that was then and this is now. Grassley has since gotten with the times, and has come out against the individual mandate as an unconstitutional infringement.
I believe that there is a bipartisan consensus to have individual mandates.
I could also bring up Jim DeMint, Orrin Hatch, the Heritage Foundation, the Club for Growth, and a whole host of other conservative leaders who have also shifted their thinking to match the current tide. But that is not important. Politicians respond to the people. So a more interesting analysis would show how the health care policies of Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, and Mitt Romney have been transformed in the last two years to "socialized medicine."
So here is why I support Mitt Romney -- because I am a conservative, not a libertarian. While I want to see the overall size of the federal government shrink and the national debt disappear, I do not believe that the federal government is like a foreign occupying force that needs to be destroyed. I want a smart, effective government, not one that just fights wars and gives out checks to senior citizens.
And I will not back down on the individual mandate. If Obama wants to come to our side, then I welcome him. If he wants to transform his plan into a single payer system, or one with a government option, then I don't welcome him. But I will not spit in the faces of conservative leaders who have paved the way in creating sensible and market-driven health care policies. And I reject the current notion among conservative pundits that there is no action that the government can do to alleviate the high costs and the injustice that is ubiquitous in our health care system.
I also will not allow a bunch of uneducated talking heads on the radio, whose excessive income derives completely on creating fear and panic, determine the policies of the conservative movement. It is time for the conservatives to stand up against the libertarians and the mercenaries on cable news. There are those in the right-wing who think that I am not conservative. But it not me that has left the conservative movement. I trace my principles and beliefs all the way back to Edmund Burke. It is the right wing who has left the conservative movement.
And that is why I support Mitt Romney. His health care policies were an achievement and if he never becomes President, they will still be an achievement. A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for conservative ideals (limited, but effective government) and a rejection of libertarianism (rejection of government).