April 8, 2010
It is not socially irresponsible to not buy health insurance, but it is unconstitutional to mandate people to purchase it ("Senate defeats bill opposing Obama health care rule," April 7). I understand that medical costs are inflated due to uncompensated care; however, Massachusetts has proven that a health care mandate is not a successful way to reform health care. Do we need reform? Yes, everyone agrees with that, but will costs go down with a health care mandate? I do not believe that based off of what I've read has happened in Massachusetts.
November 28, 2012
Even though I did not vote for him, my prayers and congratulations are with President Barack Obama as he enters his second term in office. With God's help, it is within his grasp to become one of this country's great presidents, but he needs to lead the whole country, not just half of it. The country is at a crossroads, and this election was more an expression of the political polarization that exists in America today than it was a mandate for...
March 23, 2012
This contraception mandate requires the provision of contraception. The next contraception mandate could require the use of contraception. At that point, our government would be engaging in eugenics. Considering that contraception has been readily available for more than half a century and is relatively inexpensive, that's a high price for free contraception. Yet disagreeing with this particular government mandate constitutes a war "on women?" I guess I'm just a little slow on the up-take.
August 12, 2011
Do you need a mandate to force you to buy something you want or need? This question isn't asked by those who support a health insurance mandate, such as Dr. Edward Miller and Scott A. Berkowitz of Johns Hopkins ("Hopkins leaders support health insurance mandate," Aug. 9). The reason we have so many uninsured Marylanders is that health insurance is either too unaffordable or it doesn't offer a good value to those who can afford it. A mandate won't solve either of those problems. Responding to self-interested lobbying groups, well-meaning legislators have mandated that any health insurance sold in Maryland must cover over 60 procedures, something that has dramatically raised the cost of insurance in this state.
November 17, 2012
I think President Obama's claim that the election results were a mandate is stretching reality ("On taxes, 'Americans agree' with Obama, Axelrod says," Nov. 12). Approximately 120 million people voted in the election, and of that number a little more than 58 million voted for Mr. Romney. Mr. Obama's margin of victory was only about 1.6 percent. Almost half the voters opposed his policies. Granted, Mr. Obama won a clear majority of electoral votes. But the huge number of people who voted against him does not give him the mandate he claims.
November 9, 2012
The Sun portrays the defeat of George Bush's immigration reform bill as due to the fact that he "failed to get [it] past his own party" ("Obama's mandate," Nov. 7). In fact, 15 Democrats in the Senate failed to vote for the bill; it would have passed with their support. Why not mention that as a reason why the bill failed, rather than blame it on Republicans? I thought all Democrats were for immigration reform. Perhaps President Obama should "start talking about climate change," but he should do nothing.