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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld “Obamacare” – mostly. There are some complicated legalities, but what else is new?

I was interested in Mitt Romney’s “repeal and replace” response on the day of the decision. He said on Day One that he would repeal it, and then listed all the things he’d replace – which was a list of everything already in Obamacare, except the individual mandate. Funny that he’d leave that out when that was the basis for “Romneycare” in Massachusetts. After all, the idea came from the Heritage Institute, a conservative think tank. And it’s the basis of current Republican tax policy – expand the base to cut rates – which is exactly what it’s doing in Massachusetts.

But that mandate. I guess nobody much likes being told what to do, especially by the government. But let’s see: Do you wear your seat belt? Do you drive pretty close to the speed limit? Do you wear clothes when you’re out in public? That’s the government telling you what to do. But, you say, the difference is that if you don’t, only you get fined. Aha!

Well, supposing you’re basically law-abiding and do all those things. No fines for you. But suppose that whenever somebody else got caught doing those things, you got fined $20. Huh. Well, that’s how our current health insurance works. Those with insurance pay for those without it who just go to the emergency room.

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Personally, I’d rather have everybody in and save some dollars. Besides, what is it you tell your kids? “How do you know you don’t like it, you haven’t even tried it yet!”

Mark Van Loon, Hamilton

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