While we’re thinking of examples of government forcing us to buy things we don’t want, I wish we’d spend a little more time thinking about how the current healthcare system limits freedom. Here’s a good start. I have long since lost count of the number of people the Outpost couldn’t hire because we couldn’t afford to offer health insurance. This country is full of businesses that never got started and employees who are stuck in jobs they hate because they are tied to their existing insurance.
Tying health coverage to the job market always was a lousy idea. The Affordable Care Act doesn’t quite get us away from that, but it is at least a step in the right direction.