The dextrosphere has been sneering and sputtering at New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (Commie-Dem Brooklyn), who wants to pass a law forbidding restaurants to add salt to their food. Of course, Ortiz is an ignorant arrogant jack boot who wants to run everyone’s life down to the tiniest detail, and therefore deserves every word of ridicule he gets. (Although for some reason, the ignorant putzes in Brooklyn keep returning him to office. They deserve whatever they get. We don’t.)
The Munchkin Wrangler, however, is the first to point out exactly why Ortiz is so dangerous, and what he means for the national scene:
Here’s a question for my progressive liberal friends:
Is this the kind of future you want? One where omnipotent busybodies keep passing laws forcing people to eat well, get enough sleep, don’t do dangerous sports, don’t use hurtful language?
And if you think this nonsense isn’t going to increase tenfold once we have some sort of public health care system, think again. Taxpayer-funded or –subsidized healthcare is a universal adapter for stupid nanny state legislation. Listen to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz:
“It’s time for us to take a giant step,” Ortiz said yesterday. “We need to talk about two ingredients of salt: health care costs and deaths.”
Once the public pays for your doctor’s visits, people like Assemblyman Ortiz are going to see it as their natural and primary responsibility to make sure you’re living well, because the argument will be “We’re all paying for it, after all”. (Politicians will be under constant pressure to keep the tab down, so they’ll issue a never-ending stream of legislative proposals related to having you use those public health services as little as possible.) It’s exactly the lever needed to force everyone to do what has been decreed to be best for them. After all, there’s no aspect of life that isn’t related to physical well-being. Do you really want to give up your autonomy for “free” health care?
Read the whole thing, of course; Wrangler deserves the traffic. But that’s the nut of the thing, the poison pit in the rotting peach of mandated health care.