REGISTER VIEWPOINT: A taxing health reform

Get government off my back and on yours, seems to be the clarion call of those who want to protest whomever is in power.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

Get government off my back and on yours, seems to be the clarion call of those who want to protest whomever is in power.

With Obama and the Democrats from Mars in power, the protest sign naturally passes to the small-government crowd who've lately been given to tea parties, and the current monster-under-the-bed is the increasingly unwieldy health insurance reform bill, particularly the requirement everyone have health insurance.

It certainly seems like a good idea, to gamble a little money on the idea you won't have to pay a lot, should there be a medical emergency that would otherwise result in massive hemorrhaging in the wallet.

Digging past the shrieks of "Socialism!," though, we do find one legitimate gripe -- the requirement you have something, and if you don't, you pay a fine -- with the enforcement agency being the Internal Revenue Service.

Oh, really? If there's any bureaucratic jungle that rivals the health insurance industry for impenetrability, it's the Gnomes of Washington.

We already put up with the insurance requirement for driving cars (although enough people have to deal with uninsured motorists hitting their cars that we wonder about the efficacy of that law) but at least there's an out in that you can choose to post a financial responsibility bond -- and driving is more of a privilege than a right, in any event.

But why not allow someone of sufficient means to choose to gamble his or her own resources will pay for any medical emergency? It certainly seems to belong in the category of good ideas that don't need to be laws.

And the IRS certainly needs to stay out of it.