The Supremes (Court, that is) have agreed to decide whether every American must be required to purchase health insurance from private insurance companies. Is this constitutional?
There are more insidious deeds at hand, however, when government enacts “opt-out” policies rather than “opt-in.” Look up http://www.slate.com on your own.
As in, you will be automatically enrolled in X unless you tell us not to enroll you in it. It’s like the magazine deal, get two free issues then if you don’t cancel we’ll bill you for the rest. Except this is our lives, not a $11.95 subscription.
It should be something like, we have Medicare available after age 93. If you’d like to enroll, check here.
Government by “opt-out” is cowardly because it circumvents democratic discussion and debate. We cannot let our politicians, er, representatives, get away with it.
The health care law says we are forced to pay private insurers for health care. That will be settled by the Supreme Court. If because that was such a contentious debate the people who claim to represent us are going to an “opt-out” philosophy to hide new laws from us and get re-elected they’ve at least one gal out here who says “no way.”
I make appointments at the DMV and get in and out quickly, same with the passport office. Hundreds of people, poor people and some who don’t speak English, stand in line with crying babies for hours. We read the small print. We have computers and check things out online first to see how we can maximize our usable time and minimize standing in line. My husband looked up reviews before buying me a food mill for my birthday.
Many Americans will not understand the “opt-out” policies. I know that’s what our politicians are counting on, and that’s a really sad state of affairs for the people who campaigned to “represent” us. Not so cheery, Dee