This was, of course, a sane thing to say. That makes it a disqualification for the Republican Presidential nomination, no matter how crazy the Mittster is willing to act now.
With private insurance finally affordable, I proposed that everyone must either purchase a product of their choice or demonstrate that they can pay for their own health care. It’s a personal responsibility principle. Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate. But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on the taxpayers is not libertarian.
The problem, of course, is that “a free ride on the taxpayers” is exactly what tea-partyism is about. They want a balanced budget that doesn’t cut their programs or raise their taxes. Personal responsibility is for other people.