Mandate vs. Mandate
Kevin Drum notes that the current issue of National Review features both an editorial arguing against the individual health insurance mandate because it forces people “to buy a product they would not buy on a free market” and an article arguing that Social Security be replaced with a system “requiring individuals to contribute a reasonable proportion of their income (though some flexibility should be allowed) to an array of investment vehicles to which they hold property rights.”
He concludes by asking:
So what are we to make of the proposition that forcing people to buy retirement annuities is OK but forcing them to buy healthcare insurance isn’t?
It’s a good question.