How compulsory auto insurance rode the slippery slope to "government health care"
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
March 6, 2010


In my previous article 'Nobody considers that a tax increase?' Ask the Justice Dept. and joint commitee on taxation' , I outlined how Obama insisted that the proposed penalty for those who don't buy health insurance is not a tax. The Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, however, specifies clearly and repeatedly that the penalty for the non-insured is indeed a tax, with potential prosecution and jail time for those who do not comply.

In an interview on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos in September, Obama justifies this push for mandatory and compulsory 'health care' by comparing it to mandatory automobile insurance. "Right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase", he says. [The comments appear at 4:46 in the video].

In California, the DMV now electronically tracks automobile liability insurance status via a mandatory notificaton program. When a motorist in California lets their insurance lapse, a notification is sent electronically to the  DMV, who then sends a letter to the registered owner warning them that their car registration can be revoked. When your car registration is revoked, your car can then be impounded (stolen) by the state at their whim.

For many years, there was no compulsory auto insurance laws in California. In reality people with assets to protect and the means to afford it carried liability insurance protection. Only in recent years did these compulsory laws go into effect. James Baxter at the National Motorists Association outlines how compulsory auto insurance doesn't work, raises rates, and is counterproductive.

Similarly, many other laws are strictly for revenue, despite the fact that the gullible public believes they are "for our safety", as I pointed out in the article Cell phone ban does not reduce accidents: California revenue scheme exposed as complete fraud. This mindset of accepting pervasive government control will lead only to more restrictions of our liberties. This is why we should always think twice before granting more power to the state. A partial transcript of Obama's comments on ABC is below.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: ...during the campaign. Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don't .. How is that not a tax?

OBAMA: Well, hold on a second, George. Here -- here's what's happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average -- our families -- in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I've said is that if you can't afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn't be punished for that. That's just piling on. If, on the other hand, we're giving tax credits, we've set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we've driven down the costs, we've done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you've just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that's...

STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it's still a tax increase.

OBAMA: No. That's not true, George. The -- for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it's saying is, is that we're not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact thatright now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I'm not covering all the costs.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy...

OBAMA: No, but -- but, George, you -- you can't just make up that language and decide that that's called a tax increase....

Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, FreedomsPhoenix, Rense, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com