The following is from an email we received here at The Florida News Journal concerning a reader’s concerns about the government’s encroachment into her personal life and rights to privacy and civil liberties. We found it interesting, to say the least, and felt it should be published, regardless of whatever views our editors have. _________________________ Dear Editor;
I’ve recently been reviewing my new health insurance options that will be available via the “marketplace” in the healthcare exchange, and I started wondering how it was actually helping me.
I am a single adult who makes enough money to get by, but with the little left over, and now I have to figure out how to come up with another $350 per month, that’s $4,200 a year. My car recently broke down and I had to put those expenses on my credit card, plus I’ve put a few other things on my credit card this year that were unexpected.
So, as I drove home from work the other day where I was a full-time employee but am not a part-time employee so that my employer can avoid having to provide health insurance benefits, I almost had a very bad car accident. A car in front of me was reflecting an intense glare, causing me to not be able to see for a couple seconds. When I finally was able to move away, I almost hit another car.
This made me wonder, how many major car accidents have been caused by reflective glare? I started researching information from crash reports that were publicly available and discovered that here in Florida, there were roughly 322 accidents in which drivers reported a glare bright enough that it affected their driving.
With an estimated 15% of drivers not having insurance here, clearly this is a public health issue, and having good quality sunglasses would more than likely solve the glare problem so that I am less likely to hit someone.
Therefore, I would like Congress to create legislation mandating all that all drivers have sunglasses. Because of the lack of integrity and honesty of small-time retailers in large cities, I also want the government to create a sunglass authenticity bureau which certifies each paid sold in America, so consumers like me know which paid are real, have polarized lenses and are shatter resistant.
Now, if a driver fails to buy sunglasses, this clearly is a public interest situation which should allow the government to step into my life and share my bed with me, and be the dominant one in this relationship, ordering me to pay a fine to offset the cost of damages by those who didn’t buy sunglasses and caused an accident with injuries. Because ordering me to pay a fine is logical given that I didn’t have health insurance because I can’t afford it, since I earn less, now that I am a part-time employee and a federal tax credit on my annual taxes doesn’t help me pay the monthly bill.
Though I’m not entirely sure how the Internal Revenue Service is related to eye protection, obviously the burden of enforcing and penalizing people should be with the IRS, after all, the word Revenue is in its name, right?
Now that we are ok with the mandating and oversight of sunglasses in our lives, I think the logical evolution of that should be the mandating of driver education, surprisingly, it’s not required here. Numerous studies have shown those tho took drivers education had fewer accidents over the lifetime of their driving. Fewer accidents mean less injured, less medical costs.
If we’re going to mandate driver’s education, why stop there? How about requiring people with mental illness to buy and take crazy pills, after all, the mass shootings in Newton Conn, Aurora Colo, Fort Hood, and the Washington Navy yard were all committed by people with mental illnesses, so clearly if you’re crazy, you’re likely to cost others money in medical bills and burial costs.
Additionally, in the continued effort to ensure everyone and thereby lower the cost of health insurance, thereby lowering medical costs and lowering unnecessary deaths related to lack of health care, we should be mandating everyone use only 93 octane gasoline. Anytime the American public has faced higher gas prices, we drive less and that results in less carbon waste into the atmosphere we breathe and driving less would cause less pollution and thereby, asthma and COPD related medical problems and medical bills.
But if we’re not driving as much, some of us, a significant number, will likely turn to mass transit, where available and convenient, and this made me think, how many injuries are related to victims of purse snatchers? When some thug violent pulls a purse from a woman’s arms, that can cause injuries, dislocated shoulders, broken arms, etc.., therefore a new law should be passed that everyone must by backpacks because they are stolen less (while being worn) according to crime statistics.
But improperly wearing a backpack, especially one that is overweighted, can cause real back injuries, both short-term, and long-term, according to orthopedic surgeons. So, therefore, we need an amendment to the backpack law that says we should buy roller bags instead.
Where does it end? Why does my government have the authorization to “tax” me if I fail to buy a commercial product? There are clearly many other areas of public health and safety that are overlooked.
I agree we need health care, reform, but not this way, not Obamacare.
A. Johnston Lake Mary, FL ———————————-
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