I’ll start with a question: What items in your life does the government require you to purchase from a private company?
I’ll venture a guess at the answer: Nothing.
Care insurance, you say? Not really. You’re required to buy it only if you have a car. You still have the choice whether to buy a car. No car, no insurance. Same with home insurance. You’re still choosing to buy a home.
In other cases, the government mandates something but provides the means. For instance, you’re required to educate your child, but the government provides a system of free, public schools.
Nowhere in our lives does the government mandate that — no matter what — we must buy a product from the private sector.
But that may be about to change.
Congress is currently debating a bill that would require all Americans to have health insurance.