In the Huff Post article in which Michael Smerconish took on the charge that ObamaCare is socialist, Smerconish said in support of his argument refuting the "socialist" charge:
The further irony is that those who were quick to level the "socialist" charge were advocating for the right of people to remain uninsured and burden everyone else, which CNN's Jake Tapper recently raised with Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah): "When did Republicans start saying, 'That's OK, you can freeload'?" I don't think that's a fair characterization of the Republican position on this at all," Lee replied. Tapper responded: "If you're against the individual mandate, or any sort of requirement that people have health insurance, then that is your position." The only liberty interest being sacrificed under the ACA is one's ability to be uninsured. And even that is violable. [Kaiser Health News's Mary Agnes] Carey reminded me that you can still exercise your right to be uninsured, but you will pay a fine.
Such is the twisted logic of ObamaCare supporters. What is Smerconish taking as the given?—Government welfare programs that allow some people to "burden everyone else" by forcibly transferring wealth from productive citizens through various welfare programs.
Smerconish lumps two opposite premises into a package deal; that the right to be uninsured means the right to steal (which is what cashing in on welfare is). But in fact, one is a right and the other isn't. People do have a right to "remain uninsured." People do not have a right to unearned benefits that others are forced to provide.
This highlights the essential political and moral problem with ObamaCare: The individual mandate is a rights-violating government's answer to a problem caused by government—the alleged "right" to healthcare provided by others. The fact that you are "free" to not have insurance by paying a "fine" only means that the mandate is an extortion scheme.
The solution consistent with liberty is simple: Do away with all government programs that force taxpayers to pay for others' healthcare, and there is no freeloader problem. No freeloader problem, no individual mandate. No individual mandate, no "fine."
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