Skip to comments.Romney eyes penalties for those lacking insurance (2005 news on Romney's individual mandate)
Posted on 12/10/2011 11:55:55 PM PST by JimWayne
Massachusetts residents who choose not to obtain health insurance would face tax penalties and even the garnishing of their wages under a proposal Governor Mitt Romney unveiled yesterday.
Romney says the ''individual mandate" he is proposing, part of his broader plan to cover the roughly 500,000 people who are uninsured, would not cost the state any money.
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Gingrich is no better on mandates, only stupid fools would claim otherwise. Newt shot his piehole off on mandates on meet the depressed in May of 2011 and his money sucking think tank had it all over their website.
If the government were really interested in keeping healthcare costs low, it would do two things.
1. Not make people pay premiums for healthcare they may not want. By forcing me to pay a premium, you are taking money away from me that might have gone for an apartment in a better neighbourhood or allow me to buy better food, both of which would contribute long-term to me having better health and delay the time to which I would need long-term hospital care.
2. I recognize that not everybody is capable of being able to put a good diet together or do simple first aid due to lack of life skills in this area. I would have no problem with a state government putting together an easy to follow packet giving people the skills in this area.
If people know how to do this, it increases their ability to be self-sufficient and lowers the burden on the rest of society.