Those who have insurance will have the tax waived
The worst aspect of the recently upheld individual health insurance mandate is our understanding of it and the histrionics that people have displayed as a result. Let's frame the issue this way: Our society, for better or worse, has decided that if we find your body broken and bleeding in a ditch, we'll fix you up. We'll do this without first reviving you and asking if you want to be fixed up. This is a kindness that society thinks is worthwhile. Now, of course, such kindness isn't free. So everyone gets a tax to cover the expenses. But some people have alternative means of paying to get healed like, say, insurance; it would be unfair to make them pay the tax and, consequently, pay for the services twice. Thus, their tax is waived.
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As a society, we've found it preferable to heal broken people rather than let them die. Everyone is taxed for the service, but those with insurance have the tax waived. This sounds reasonable. What exactly are the grounds for gnashing our teeth at a shredded Constitution, the fact that our society exhibits this kindness to its people or the fact that we don't get it for free?
Ryan Jordan, Stillwater
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