Tennessee Republicans are going crazy over the national health overhaul's requirement that everyone buy insurance, but guess what? Their beloved Bill Frist made the case for the individual mandate in this U.S. News article only six months ago. The headline: "Frist: An Individual Mandate for Health Insurance Would Benefit All." Whoopsies!
I believe in limited government and individual responsibility, cherish the freedom to choose, and generally oppose individual mandates--except where markets fail, individuals suffer, and society pays a hefty price. Let's face it, in a country as productive and advanced as ours, every American deserves affordable access to healthcare delivered at the right time. And they don't have it today.