Letter to the editor:

Mandate flies in face of liberty

Fri, Apr 13, 2012 (2 a.m.)

Donnedia Edmond’s letter, “Support Obamacare for help it provides,” praising unspecified aspects of Obamacare for saving her life because she couldn’t afford the out-of-control costs of health care is heartfelt. Her care was apparently accomplished without the need for government thuggery in forcing a small percentage of individuals to pay for something they do not want or feel they do not need.

The notion that the individual mandate will make all the difference in the world is little more than a distraction and is insidious because it sets a dangerous precedent.

We all expire regardless of medical history, but the American blessing of individual liberty must live forever, because if it dies, the core concept of all our country stands for goes with it.

The war cry of mandate proponents would be, “Damn the Constitution, full speed ahead,” and the doors would be flung wide open for imposition of personal mandates by way of forced medical checkups in the name of keeping the costs of health care down. That would be just the beginning of a new dark age in which the light of freedom would be extinguished.

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