Government Can Shut Down Whatever It Controls — Including Healthcare

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) made an argument Monday that I made Sunday on Facebook. Sen. Lee wrote,

The message behind the Administration’s shutdown bullying is the same message sent by his IRS’s abuses of political opponents: do what I say, or else. This is the abusive, partisan, unaccountable bureaucracy that, under Obamacare, will soon be running America’s health care system.

On Sunday on Facebook, I wrote,

The Left wants the medical industry to be run by a branch of government that can shut down all services when it is denied more power.

Today, the Obama government is in effect saying, “Because you won’t let us control healthcare, we have shut down national parks, war memorials, and healthcare services that we already control.” In a few years, the government will tell us, “Because you won’t let us control guns, speech, publishing, technology, sex, and everything else, we have shut down healthcare.”

On Sunday, I also wrote this on Facebook:

The federal government, particularly the executive branch, is demonstrating a great argument against the notions of ‘national parks’ and ‘federal land’.

A private individual has the right to refuse to offer a service. But when government controls an industry, government can forbid everyone from offering that service.

When government shuts things down, it should also turn those things over—to private individuals.