Written by Robert G. Marshall
MANASSAS – When a comedy mugger told skinflint actor Jack Benny, “Your money or your life,” in a 1948 radio program, he was met with silence. He repeated the threat, “Look bud, I said your money or your life.” Benny responded, “I’m thinking about it.”
Americans will soon be “thinking about” a similar mugging from Obamacare proponents who want to compel all individuals to purchase health insurance costing up to $15,000 a year from private companies, or pay a “shared responsibility payment” fine up to $1,900 per year. Don’t pay the fine? Then face a year in jail and a $25,000 penalty.
President Obama also wants to reduce air pollution. If we can be forced to buy health insurance, we can be forced to buy a certain car to reduce emissions, or even a new GM (Government Motors) vehicle.
Congress could likewise mandate that citizens deposit their savings in congressionally favored banks (whose executives make the correct political donations) or buy new home storm windows, insurance, or dishwashers, while Congress pretends it is not raising taxes!
To protect Virginians, I drew up HB 10 based on our natural rights of liberty and the contract power guaranteed by the Constitution. It provides: “No law shall interfere with the right of a person or entity to pay for lawful medical services to preserve life or health, nor shall any law impose a penalty, tax, fee, or fine, of any type, to decline or to contract for health care coverage . . . ”
Bob Marshall represents the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Contact him at DelBMarshall@house.virginia.gov