Snap! Being Forced To Purchase Health Insurance Like Buying A TV

I wasn’t aware of the law that Americans are required to purchase TVs simply for being alive, but, we are talking about Kathleen Sebelius’ World, who seems to be channeling her inner Joe Biden

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended the new health care law’s mandate requiring people to purchase insurance, comparing the buying of health insurance to buying televisions.

People access health care regardless of whether they have insurance, said Sebelius on Friday. “What they’re choosing not to do is actually pay for those services,” she said.

“[I]f I don’t have a 27-inch TV for the Super Bowl, I can’t demand on the day of the Super Bowl that somebody deliver that TV because I have a right to it. On the other hand, if I don’t have insurance, I come through the door of an emergency room and get treated and get cared for, and somebody else picks up the tab,” said Sebelius.

Except, now the law makes it so that if you get sick, you can purchase health insurance right before going into the hospital, and cannot be denied that purchase, so that the insurance company can pick up a tab. Come 2014, provided the law is not erased, you will be required to “purchase a TV to watch the Super Bowl”, ie, health insurance, simply for being an American.

Sebelius said that while she was not a lawyer, she believed the Commerce Clause gave Congress the authority to mandate people buy health insurance – before she employed the television example.

“I’m not a lawyer, and I’m leaving those arguments to our legal team from the Department of Justice,” said Sebelius. “But I think there are certainly lots of talented constitutional lawyers who feel that the Commerce Clause very much is broad enough to cover the interstate commerce of health care.”

Except, the commerce clause is relevant to commerce across State lines. Her TV analogy might, might, stand up if people were crossing State lines to go to an emergency room, yet, wasn’t it a Democrat Congress which mandated that one cannot purchase health insurance from a different State?

Elsewhere, The Politico fact checks the whole “will insurance rates fall because of Obamacare?” thing, and finds that Obama only “stretched” the truth.

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Comment by gitarcarver
2011-01-31 20:24:44

Her argument makes no sense (which only illustrates how far away from reality she is.)

Of course you CAN get a TV on the day of the Super Bowl and if you pay enough you CAN get a firm to install it.

What you cannot do is demand that your neighbors pay for the TV.

That is what the Health Care Bill is about – forcing people to pay for others bills.

To extend the analogy out, if I am happy with my TV and don’t want another TV, no one has the right to demand that I buy another TV. Under Obamacare, you have to meet certain levels of mandated coverage and you may or may not keep your doctor.

This is not the first time Sebelius has succumbed to “Joe Biden Disease” in saying something truly and utterly ridiculous.

Comment by Adobe Walls Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-01 00:01:07

Both sides of her analogy are specious. The fact that one can go to an emergency room and get medical attention without paying. That is the result of legislation not the constitution. If that ability to get care without paying for it is so egregious they can repeal the law instead of violating the constitution.

 
 
Comment by Trish
2011-02-01 09:33:31

Anyone else notice that some of the dumbest quotes, no some of the downright stupidest sentences come out of their mouths of this administration? They speak without thinking more often than I can count. They mis-speak, fudge, fib and flat out lie, before they think it through, and they back track all the time.
If this were a Bush admin the mainstream press would be having a hay day, and SNL and Jon Stewart would be killing us with their coverage of it.
They’re (the libs in power) so deep in bed with the media anymore, they can do whatever they want, say whatever they want and their fawning adoring “news” casters would NEVER kiss and tell!

Comment by William Teach
2011-02-01 10:15:21

Well, Joe Biden did say one smart thing: ”I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”

 
 
Comment by Kevin
2011-02-01 21:08:50

Wait, is someone trying to force me to buy a new tv?

 
Comment by John Subscribed to comments via email
2011-02-02 01:45:47

What!? There is a law for that??

 

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