Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Am All For Healthy Living . . .

 . . . but not at the expense of the further erosion of liberty.

"Get in shape or pay a price.

That's a message more Americans could hear if the health care reform bills passed by the Senate Finance and Health committees become law.

By more than doubling the maximum rewards and penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the bills could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol."

"Health care reform" really is a substantial step towards ceding overt control over our very lives to the government.  Everything we do affects our health in some way.  What else will the government determine that we should - or shouldn't - be doing,  all in the name of controlling health care costs? Perhaps driving will be banned in most instances since it can be considered too costly to the health care system in light of the number of highway accidents each year, compelling more and more of us to take public transportation.  (Hmmm.  What they may not be able to achieve through "global warming" scare tactics may ultimately be achieved through the back door of so-called health care "reform.")

Sure, maybe we can attribute all of these machinations to simple "good intentions" - many "nanny-state" ideas can be.  But there are huge negative downsides to our freedom.  I am simply not convinced that they will be worth the price of any so-called "reform."

Whatever happened to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?  Are they now to be sacrificed on the alter of government control of health care?

Read it all here.

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