A reader writes:

Out of all the talk of the constitutional challenges to the individual mandate, I really don't think I've heard it put quite like this:

The federal government, for the first time ever, is mandating that individuals purchase a product.

So, what we have is a so-called conservative libertarian saying that it is well within a person's right to be a freeloader.  It is our right to get sick and go to any public hospital and not ever pay a dime for care.  Getting charged a few hundred bucks by the IRS due to no insurance for this privilege is just too much government.

It's like the conservative's crusade to reform welfare meets the Twilight Zone.

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