Monday, September 03, 2007
The First Mandatory
Jonathan Edwards identifies the first government diktat he would issue with a government-run health plan:
    Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

    "It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."
Prepare yourselves to submit yourself to an annual review by a government bureaucrat of some sort, whether it's a government-paid "doctor" or some paper pusher at the bureau.

Better yet, prepare yourself for the unstated list of government prohibitions that will come when "public health" is funded from the government leaders' pool of available pork money. Probable prohibitions will include:
  • Tobacco.
  • Alcohol.
  • Junk food.
  • Dangerous hobbies.
  • Places in the home where you can fall.
Trending toward the absurd? What is absurd in contemporary American public policy? Certainly not building sports facilities while bridges collapse or school districts are taken over by the state; certainly not people rallying for "single payer health care" or nationalization schemes who have thought out what it means other than fewer health care checks written in their handwriting.

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."