But you or someone you know might be, so let’s go over this one more time. Here’s what he had to say:
“Well, I think – I guess, you know, there’s some chance, given how political it is, the courts, that they would strike down the mandatory purchase, although I find it amazing that they would. I mean you can make people buy automobile liability insurance,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN taped Friday. “And the combined impact of the burden of people not being insured on the rest of us economically is nowhere near that of health care.”
- First off, auto insurance mandates are functions of state governments, not the federal government, so the health insurance mandate is really quite a different beast. Preserving it as written means the creation of new, extra-constitutional powers for the US Government.
- Second, most state laws requiring auto insurance are the creation of some very hard work (and LOTS of cash) on the part of insurance lobbyists. They are also questionably legal in and of themselves, no matter what the courts have said.
- Third, auto insurance mandates have significantly and seriously hurt the lowest classes worst, and impeded mobility upward among classes. So will the health insurance mandate.
It’s really sad that Clinton has sunk this low. He’s smarter than this, but he has obviously signed up to assist the administration in pushing this bullshit. He doesn’t have to and he just lost a little more of his shine in my memory.
I’ve covered all this before on my other blog, but since that blog is now inaccessible, I’ve decided to reprint one of my posts on the topic in full. Here’s Mandates, Taxes, and Fines, Oh My!, originally printed September 11, 2009: Continue reading