I have seen a lot of discussion regarding mandates. Supporters of Obama's health care reform say mandates are good. Opponents of Romney's health care reform say all mandates are bad. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Ever since the so-called “War on Poverty,” the citizens of the United States of America have been seduced into an entitlement mentality, where instead of being responsible for ourselves, we allow, even expect, the government to provide for us.
There are all kinds of mandates that we comply with every day. When we go to the grocery store and pick up a gallon of milk, we are mandated to go to the register and pay for it. But when it comes to health care, there are those among us who think that it is acceptable to receive medical treatment and allow other tax payers to foot the bill.
Mitt Romney's intention in Massachusetts was for there to be a mandate for people to be responsible for paying for their health care. For most of us, we use health insurance to pay for our health care. There are people who have enough money to pay for their medical treatment without needing to go through the insurance industry. The liberals in the Massachusetts Congress over-rode Romney's veto which would have allowed people to provide proof of their ability to pay for their health care without using insurance, and instead put in the mandate that everyone purchase health insurance.
It is my opinion that the entitlement mentality that has become so prevalent in our society needs to be overcome, and replaced with a sense of personal responsibility, or in other words that people again rely on themselves. I have a self-imposed mandate to purchase health insurance so that I can make sure that I and my family have affordable access to preventive health care, and in case of a serious illness or accident, be able to pay for our health care. The people who think it is acceptable to have tax payers foot the bill for their medical treatment need a wake-up call. TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!
Are there problems with the Massachusetts Health Care reform? Yes. People should be able to buy insurance plans that do not cover in vitro fertilization as well as other treatments that they don't need. People who can afford their medical treatment without purchasing insurance should be allowed to do so. But after all is said and done, Romney's health care reform was bold, innovative, and designed to address the specific needs of a specific state. Romney did not tackle health care reform until the budget deficit was corrected, and he did not raise taxes in order to pay for the reform. Romney's bill was 78 pages long, accessible to anyone, and transparent. Romney's health care reform received bi-partisan support, as well as support from nearly all special interest groups. The Massachusetts health-care reform continues to be popular in the state where it is in place. Finally, Romney's health care reform is within the constraints of the Massachusetts Constitution.
Getting back to the main topic, America is a great country, founded in principles of freedom. With freedom comes responsibility. There are people who seem to be willing to sacrifice their freedom in exchange for others (the government) taking on the responsibility. As we replace the entitlement mentality with personal responsibility, we can recapture freedom. The mandate that some on the far-right are complaining about is based on the idea that we are mandated to pay for services we receive. Not paying for services we receive is stealing.