There are a lot of problems with the health care bills in Congress. At the end of the day, I will endure most of them, as I have every other indignity thrown at me by the Feds. If they charge me 8% of my company's payroll as a health care tax, well, we can probably raise prices, particularly in the inflationary spiral the Fed has set us up for. I will be sad to see the most successful in this country punished with high new taxes, but these taxes mostly won't apply to our family. And I will find some way to get my family the health care it needs, even if we have to fly to India to do it.
But my biggest fear is for individual liberties, with the effect I have called "the health care Trojan Horse for fascism." We all know that the government has developed a taste for meddling in the smallest details of our lives. But as more of the nation's health care spending flows though government hands, nearly every decision you make will suddenly affect the government's budget. What you eat, how heavy you are, whether you smoke, whether you play an athletic sport where you can get hurt, whether you pursue dangerous hobbies like rock climbing or skiing, whether you wear a bike or motorcycle helmet, whether you have a seat belt on, whether you drink alcohol, whether you like to use dangerous power tools -- all these become direct inputs into government spending via medical bills the government is paying. And if you think that Congress will avoid legislating on these activities once it inevitably gets in financial trouble with health care, you have not studied much history.
And all this avoids discussion of other powerful individual liberty-related topics, such as the ability to get the end of life care you want or whether the government will even allow you to go "off plan" with your own money if you disagree with its Commissar's rulings on what care you should and should not receive.
It's fascinating for me to watch all these children of the sixties in the Democratic Party, most of whom screamed (rightly) at George Bush continuing to implement new plans where we give up individual liberties for security. But here come those exact same people, with the exact same message - because this is what health care reform is about, at its core - giving up individual liberties in exchange for a (perceived) increase in security.