Monday, November 16, 2009

Hsieh OpEd in Washington Examiner: Mafia-Style Health Insurance

The November 16, 2009 Washington Examiner has just published my latest OpEd, "Mafia-style Health Insurance: An Offer You Can't Refuse".

Here is the opening:
Suppose the mafia came to your town and forced everyone to purchase all their meals at mob-approved restaurants. The mafia would also select the menu items.

If you liked broccoli but their vegetable choice was spinach, then tough luck. Everyone would also have to purchase dessert, whether they wanted it or not. And if some customers couldn't afford the high-priced meals, the mafia would force you to "contribute" to cover their bills.

Most Americans would be outraged at such violations of their basic rights. But this is precisely what the president and Congress want to do with health insurance...
(Read the full text of "Mafia-style Health Insurance: An Offer You Can't Refuse")