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A View from the Altar / When all you have is a hammer…
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When all you have is a hammer…

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  So says the old adage.

Bearing witness to the truth of it, the Democrats’ proposed “health care” bill contains a provision ordering everybody to buy health insurance.  Andif you don’t?  The bill prescribes a fine of up to $25,000 and up to a year in prison.

thudThe nature of government is that it’s a monopoly of force, and force is the only resource government actually has. Just think: the best way to free up medical resources is to enable doctors to cure all diseases on the very first try.  So if government really had the wherewithal to improve health care, they’d manufacture more doctors and nurses, make them all smarter, provide new miracle drugs that cure cancer or diabetes, invent new methods of surgery that don’t require big incisions, and so on.

But the government will not do any of those things because it does not possess the resources to do them.  The Democrat health care bill — any form of it — basically does two things, and only two.  It will order people to surrender some of their money.  And if they don’t comply, they’ll be busted and punished.

As numerous commentators have pointed out, especially on talk radio, the health care bills are basically taxation bills with certain mandated restrictions on the spending targeted toward the health care industry.  There are of course multitudes of rules for reporting, data gathering, who gets money for what purpoes, who pays money, et cetera, so forth, and so on.  If you boil all this down to the actions which will be taken, government is doing the only thing possible for a consortium of bureaucrats backed up by police.  They order you to hand over some money and threaten violence if you don’t.

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