Newt Gingrich has a health care proposal for you — you should be required by law to buy health insurance. He cages this statist mandate in terms of “personal responsibility,” which reminds us that in the government, it’s always opposite day, upside-down day, or backwards day.
There is no personal responsibility involved in Newt’s health care proposal. He says out of one side of his mouth that people have a right to health care, and out of the other that they must buy health insurance, out of the third side of his mouth that people must be personally responsible for their own medical bills, and then out of a fourth side of his mouth that “all of us have a responsibility to help pay for health care.”
His four-sided mouth is strangely inhuman, which probably explains the nonsense that comes out of it. If I have a “right” to health care, then how in the world can I be forced by law to buy insurance for it? If it’s a right, I can just make a doctor provide my health care. And if I’m personally responsible for my bills (in which case it’s not a right), then how can anyone be made to “help pay” (in which case it’s sort of a partial right)?
What Newt is illustrating is his complete disconnect with any foundation in principles of liberty. Like Obama, Bush, Kennedy, and all other rulers in Washington, he’s a statist, and so long as he has power your liberties are not safe.
If you really want good health care cheap, get the government entirely out of the business of regulating or mandating it in any way whatsoever. Then we’ll have the best health care in history, at Wal-Mart prices.