Byron York on Health Care, the IRS, and State Power

Byron York points out the elephant in the closet in the debate over health care reform (hat tip Instapundit for the link):

Should the IRS be involved in health care enforcement in the first place? As seen in the town halls across the country in August, many Americans are concerned about the coercive nature of the proposed national health care system. Handing the IRS the power to monitor every American’s place in the system worries them even more.

Backers of the Democratic bills are betting that the handouts involved — giving people money to buy health insurance — will outweigh concerns about privacy and coercive government. Perhaps. But before Congress makes any decision on national health care, voters should know just what it will involve.

Each new government entitlement program is easy to justify. Noble causes are being served. In the case of health care, for example, who could possibly be mean spirited enough to limit the access of poor people to health care? Obviously, people like that just “don’t understand” the details of the program. They’re being “misinformed” by right wing conservatives.

I rather suspect that most of the opposition to more government involvement in health care is not the result of misinformation on the minutiae of the latest iteration of the plans before Congress. Rather, people are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that such programs actually cost money, and that the money will not be forthcoming unless state power is used to collect it by force.

3 thoughts on “Byron York on Health Care, the IRS, and State Power”

  1. To a point, I agree – but I think you’re missing an element of those who oppose the plan as carried in HR 3200. William Pitt said it best.

    Necessity has always been the plea of tyrants and the creed of slaves.

  2. I’ve been active in taxations for longer then I care to acknowledge, both on the personal side (all my employed life!!) and from a legal standpoint since satisfying the bar and following up on tax law. I’ve furnished a lot of advice and righted a lot of wrongs, and I must say that what you’ve put up makes impeccable sense. Please continue the good work – the more people know the better they’ll be armed to comprehend with the tax man, and that’s what it’s all about.

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