In the health care political realm, John Edwards, a candidate for president, upped the ante by proclaiming that under his plan for universal coverage every American would be required to visit the doctor. No exceptions.

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care. If you are going to be in the system, you can’t choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."

How’s that for free will and the American way? The depressing aspect of Edward’s dictatorial proposal is not that he, an ambulance-chasing trial lawyer, thinks himself mother of us all it. After all the race to the top for both parties requires a public veneration of "health" that is frankly idolatrous. What is depressing is that no howls of outrage greeted his shocking proposal.

Two weeks ago Edwards said he supported a national smoking ban, going even further than Hillary Clinton who also envisions a "smoke-free" nation, but gives lip services to the federal principle of states’ rights. Should either of these candidates be elected president the somewhat implicit war on smokers would become explicitly full-fledged.



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