The recent comments comparing auto insurance to health insurance seem a bit confusing. I suppose that I could agree, at some level, that driving is a “privilege.” But, this is 2012, not 1912. We have a federal highway system, as well as state and county government roadways, with all the accompanying taxes, rules and regulations.
If I drive without a government issued license, then I can be arrested, fined or put in jail by the government. If I drive and break the government rules of the road, then I can be arrested, fined or put in jail by the government. If I drive without privately-issued auto insurance, then I can be arrested, fined and put in jail by the government. SOME PRIVILEGE.
Sure, sure, we mandate auto insurance so that all the idiots don’t cause irreparable pain and suffering to innocent people — to cover the costs. But, driving, in America today — individual, private, personal, transportation and mobility — is perhaps the most prized and valuable activity we have. Do we realize how much the American way of life depends upon that activity? Can you imagine if the government messed with that “privilege” — like some parent dealing with an unruly child? That would make the 2nd Amendment issues look piddly.
So, the government mandates that every single person who wants to drive must buy and carry privately-issued auto insurance, or the government takes away their privilege. Fine. Yet, with respect to living, life and death issues, we don’t want the government mandating that everyone has health insurance? Who covers all those costs for people who don’t have health insurance? Wanna guess? Say what you will, I just don’t get it. If the government, or whoever, can manage something as complex as the menagerie of auto insurance, couldn’t they figure out how to manage health care? It’s not working now.