In a remarkable moment in last night’s edition of The Ed Show on MSNBC, Ed Schultz got carried away and made a small government case against mandatory health care insurance. Perhaps channeling his former line of work as a Rush Limbaugh impersonator on the Right, Schultz said:
The bill makes the insurance mandatory for all Americans. This mandate is one of the most unAmerican things, I think, the Senate has ever done. This isn’t the same thing as mandating for car insurance or home owners insurance. I mean, there’s nothing more personal than your body…Forcing people, by the way, to buy health care, in my opinion, that’s not liberty. It’s not reform. It’s restriction. It’s a restriction of freedom that’s not democratic.
Evidently, Schultz switched back from conservative Jeckyll to leftist Hyde so swiftly that he did not realize he had repudiated his own position on health care “reform.”
Ed has long supported a single-payer system, similar to the one in Canada. That would force everyone to “buy” insurance through taxation, then allow the government to choose who receives coverage or is denied treatment. This is unlike the present system, which Ed and others on the Left call “rationing,” in which the insurance company opts not to pay for a treatment. Now, a patient denied treatment can pay out-of-pocket expenses and be covered. Under a government system, the only options left open to a patient denied coverage are to leave the country or convince a doctor to break the law.
Sorry, Ed: The only thing more personally oppressive than being compelled to purchase health insurance is being compelled to die on top of it.
Still, the momentary lapse of good sense was so refreshing, we’re tempted to give Ed Schultz a pass this time.