Here’s a question for my progressive liberal friends:
Is this the kind of future you want? One where omnipotent busybodies keep passing laws forcing people to eat well, get enough sleep, don’t do dangerous sports, don’t use hurtful language?
And if you think this nonsense isn’t going to increase tenfold once we have some sort of public health care system, think again. Taxpayer-funded or –subsidized healthcare is a universal adapter for stupid nanny state legislation. Listen to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz:
"It’s time for us to take a giant step," Ortiz said yesterday. "We need to talk about two ingredients of salt: health care costs and deaths."
Once the public pays for your doctor’s visits, people like Assemblyman Ortiz are going to see it as their natural and primary responsibility to make sure you’re living well, because the argument will be “We’re all paying for it, after all”. (Politicians will be under constant pressure to keep the tab down, so they’ll issue a never-ending stream of legislative proposals related to having you use those public health services as little as possible.) It’s exactly the lever needed to force everyone to do what has been decreed to be best for them. After all, there’s no aspect of life that isn’t related to physical well-being. Do you really want to give up your autonomy for “free” health care? If people like Assemblyman Ortiz will gladly use the legislative hammer to keep you from eating salt or fat, you can bet your ass they’ll sooner or later set their sights on other stuff that may impact your health negatively. Next, it’ll be snowboarding or any other dangerous sports, smoking, drinking, not eating your greens (or not eating enough of them), and failure to exercise enough. After all, if we all pay for your health care, then we have the right to keep costs low by telling you what you may not do.
You know, part of me wants that legislation to go through. If New York City’s restaurants can only serve the equivalent of hospital food, their local gastronomy business will crater, and the impact on the local economy will be devastating. That in turn will drastically reduce the flow of tax money vital to the sustenance of creatures like Rep. Ortiz.
When you think it’s a proper use of state power to make sure everyone eats their broccoli, you have completely lost track of the plot. We are marching into the future foreseen in that schlocky Stallone flick Demolition Man, where the authorities keep a 24/7 watch over a pacified citizenry that gets ticketed automatically for using rude language.