Liberals give themselves a big pat on the back when they point out the inconveniences and imperfections of the free market:
"You don't like government bureaucrats? Private health insurance companies have bureaucrats, too."
"You don't want rationing? Well, private insurance companies ration by denying claims."
"You're afraid of Federal death panels? Private companies have their own death panels. They deny treatment and people die!"
Sorry, but these arguments don't work for me. I can't ignore the fact that the Federal Government is infinitely more powerful and belligerent than any single private insurance company.
I can't ignore the fact that there is only one Federal Government from which to choose. If the Federal Government becomes abusive, I don't have 1,300 other Federal Governments competing for my future business.
I can't ignore the fact that when governments are entrusted with health care, they tend to crush the private alternatives, create shortages and punish those who seek refuge elsewhere.
If we give the Federal Government the power to squeeze out the private insurance companies (whether we give it the power to do so immediately or over time), the health care freedom we now take for granted will probably be lost forever.
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