It is getting more and more difficult to find gasoline without ethanol, even though the demand for the more efficiently burning pure gasoline remains strong.  Central planners have decided to remove to some degree this choice from individuals.  That’s what central planners do, always justifying their tyranny with our wellbeing.  Behind the curtain, money is changing hands faster than at a third world cock fight, between the planners and those cronies who benefit from interfering with the natural choices of individuals.

I think about Obamacare whenever I can’t find 100% pure gasoline. Obamacare prohibits the purchase of the health insurance policies people want forcing the purchase of the ones the government wants us to have, ostensibly because the ones we want  aren’t good for us.  All the while, money is changing hands faster than at a third world….ok…I already said that.

This is the nature of government, isn’t it?  If we let people exercise their own free will, buying what they want to buy without interference, then all the folks willing to bribe their legislator wouldn’t do so well, would they? Perhaps fewer folks would want to become legislators!  

Someone who has been supportive of our business model at the surgery center asked me on a social media site recently, “what’s wrong with making everyone have health insurance?”  I don’t think I ought to make anyone do anything.  If someone thinks it is a good thing for them, they will do it on their own without anyone making them.  What this person really unintentionally meant was, “I believe people should be forced to accept the decisions of those who claim to know best,” notwithstanding the massive evidence that the pockets of these “all-knowers” and do-gooders are being lined by those who lobby for this or that mandate. 

Obamacare represents an interference in individual choice, plain and simple. In addition to your inability to decline health insurance, you must also buy an “approved” plan, not one that fits your needs.  I prefer the free market, not so much because it results in the best allocation of resources, but simply because like the vast majority of people, I wish to be free.

G. Keith Smith, M.D.