The Real Reason I Liked the Insurance Mandate

I have often clashed with my conservative friends as to why I liked the insurance mandate of Obamacare [alas, it went away early this year].  For one thing, how is it different from the Social Security Tax, except it gives you more of a choice of providers.  Medicare is funded by a mandated tax, isn’t it?

But one of my motives, to be candid, may be just a little bit nativist.  Our emergency rooms here in California are swamped with poor immigrants who have no other alternative and go there whenever they catch a cold.  Some of them are probably ‘undocumented’.  To be perfectly candid, I would like to see an insurance mandate so broad it would apply to them, including the undocumented – especially the undocumented!  And the State of California should say to them, as it supposedly does now about drivers’ licenses and liability insurance.  “Get a drivers license if you drive, buy drivers liability insurance and medical insurance, or we will turn you over to the federal arm – the INS!  If you comply with what we ask, ‘sanctuary cities’ will apply to you.

In general, I am not one for bashing immigrants, including ‘undocumented’ ones, but I would hold up to them Jeremiah 29:7; “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.  Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”  I’d say, be willing to do that, or leave.

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