Obama: I'll fine parents who pass on government health care

Allah noted the first headline in this story, which is Obama’s swipe at Bill Clinton for claiming to have been against the Iraq war from the beginning. But buried at the end is another line that’s worth shredding.

The issue of mandates for health care has driven the debate between Clinton and Obama for the past few weeks. Obama says he would enforce his mandate for health care for all children by fining parents if they refused to allow health care coverage for their children.

“I am happy to be very clear how we enforce mandates for children, and the reason is because children don’t have an option.”

And neither do parents, if Democrats get their way.

As I said of Edwards’ similar statement yesterday, this is totalitarian stuff. Obama and presumably Edwards will turn the doctor’s office into a police office by forcing parents to sign their kids up for health insurance or face fines. And if they don’t pay the fines, then what? Does Obama jail the parents, or whisk away their kids to some state-run orphanage, or what? Does he do both? Does he garnish their wages, thereby confiscating their money to pay for something that they didn’t voluntarily pay for? What are the teeth here, Barry?

And how might illegal immigration play into this? Currently, we have 12 to 20 million in the country illegally, and wherever you look, they’re stressing hospitals by failing to pay for treatments that they’re seeking. Only an absurd government would force illegal aliens to sign up for mandatory health care coverage but then turn around and let them get away with actually being here illegally in the first place.