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Individual Mandate to Purchase Health Insurance

posted Sep 28, 2009, 9:03 AM by Beavercreek Liberty Group Dayton Tea Party   [ updated Sep 28, 2009, 11:12 AM ]
Is it any wonder that the insurance and pharmaceutical industries are behind these kind of reforms? According to the New York Times, "The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama’s health care overhaul, beginning over the August Congressional recess...."

The comparison between auto insurance mandates and health insurance mandates is flawed.  While you can escape paying for auto insurance by refraining from driving a car, you cannot escape the clutches of a government mandate forcing you to purchase health insurance.  Michael F. Cannon explains, "The only way to avoid a health insurance mandate is by divesting yourself of a body."

Check out the "Baucus Bill" (America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009), specifically Title I, Subtitle D (Personal Responsibility).

According to, Senator Max Baucus received campaign contributions in 2008 from the following pertinent special interest groups (from the top 25 interest groups giving campaign contributions to Baucus):

 Rank Special Interest Group 2008 Contributions
2 Attorneys & law firms $314,926
Pharmaceutical manufacturing
17 Hospitals $54,801
18 Finance, Insurance & Real Estate $52,400
19 Health care institutions $52,250
20 HMOs $51,600
21 Other physician specialists $50,209
22 Insurance companies, brokers & agents $49,450

Here is more related reading from the Cato Institute.

They tried mandates in Massachusettes. See how well they worked:

Want a poster to use to promote the fight against government-run health care?  Here you go: