One of the Obama administration’s talking points about Obamacare has been that Apple’s new iPhone 5000 or whatever has been having glitches, just like Obamacare. Apple is the perfect company to the left, all artsy and creative (and in no way an evil big business… even though it’s among the largest in the world). So Obamacare is just having glitches like new Apple products do, and you love Apple, don’t you?
Problem is, you don’t have to buy an iPhone or an iPad or iMat or iCarpet or whatever the latest iDohickey is. And if you don’t buy the iThing, the IRS doesn’t confiscate your pay to tax you for the iThing that’s mandated by law for you to buy as a tax… even though it’s “insurance”… but it’s a tax.
Via Ed at HotAir, Nick Gillespie of Reasontv expounds on a few points:
Gillespie is a pretty libertarian guy, but he doesn’t give the importance to the first one that it deserves.
Obamacare is not voluntary. If you don’t buy a government approved insurance plan, you will be fined. One of the reasons that people’s insurance rates are going to be, and already are skyrocketing across the country is because the government mandates what plans are acceptable.
Obamacare makes it so you can’t just buy a health insurance plan for huge emergencies. If you’re young and healthy, there’s no reason you need a “cadillac plan”. You can get by with bare bones plans that are only there for critical emergencies like major injuries or critical illness. You don’t need to go to the doc every day for aches and pains because you’re in your 20s and in good shape… but now, with Obamacare, you’re forced to buy the high-coverage plan because that way you’ll have “good coverage”.
The comparison has been made to car insurance before (it’s a totally wrong comparison in one sense, because many people don’t own cars, and if you don’t drive a car on public roads, you don’t need insurance and government can’t force you to buy it), but in this case, consider it the difference between liability and full coverage.
Before, you got liability insurance in case of a big accident, because it wasn’t critical because your car doesn’t need full coverage – it’s not high maintenance. Like someone young who can bounce back, you can just pound the dent out of your cheap commuter car and it’s good as new.
Now you’re mandated to buy full expensive coverage because government is “helping” you get better coverage…. by mandating you pay for it.
To compare it to Apple, it would be as though the Obama administration had put out a new “Obamaphone Affordability Act” and simply done away with every brand but the iPhone 5000 or whatever the newest model is. Sure, all you need is your Nokia or your Motorola Razor you’ve had for years, but now those phones’ plans have been discontinued, and you can either buy a new iPhone 5000 or comparable expensive phone… or you can get fined.
You lost the service you wanted, and you get told you’re being provided better service – all by killing the freedom to choose.