Originally Posted by rearnakedchoke
it's not a bad idea ... if the gov't is going to pay for universal health care, than they are going to want to ensure people are taking better care of themselves ... taxing things like soda, cigs, alcohol is a good idea .. they are not saying you can't consume them, you are just gonna pay extra ......
So, you don't believe that people should be free to live their lives as they see fit and instead should have their lifestyles dictated to them by the government? Because that sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me, not a free society.
If the government thinks that socialized medicine gives it the right to tell it's citizens what they are or are not allowed to eat, then I think that's one of the greatest arguments against
I've lived in a free country my whole life, so just the notion that someone out there thinks this is a good idea is kind of frightening. Personally, I prefer freedom to a nanny state.