Prior to the Supreme Court's ruling, conservatives had an easy time making the distinction between Romneycare — a freedom-enhancing program in which Medicaid was expanded to cover more low-income people, subsidies were provided to individuals buying private insurance on a state-regulated exchange and everyone was required to purchase insurance or face a fine — and Obamacare, a socialist program of government overreach in which faceless bureaucrats would shove broccoli down the throats of God-fearing, red meat-eating Americans by expanding Medicaid, setting up insurance exchanges, and requiring everyone to buy health coverage.
The difference was that the state-based Massachusetts program was constitutional while the federal program jack-booted unconstitutional tyranny. Now that this distinction has been obviated, conservative supporters of Mitt Romney, like Florida's Marco Rubio are proclaiming other differences…
Romney "supported it on the state level. Which means if you didn't like it in Massachusetts, you could move to another state," Rubio said on Bloomberg Television. "What are people supposed to do? Leave the United States now because of Barack Obama’s brilliant idea to stick the IRS on millions of people?
Why not? Yesterday on Twitter, dozens of freedom-seekers proclaimed their desire to move to Canada to seek asylum from affordable health coverage. You can see the problem.
As a refugee of the former USSR, I'm uniquely sympathetic to the plight of those who seek to escape tyranny. Here then are some places where the government will let you die with your precious pre-existing condition in peace…
Pro: No effective tax collection or government regulation. No universal health coverage.
Con: Real piracy way less fun than the intellectual property-stealing kind.
2. Central African Republic
Pro: No requirement that you pay to treat others' pre-existing conditions.
Con: Lack of clean drinking water is a universal pre-existing condition.
Pro: Strong family values! Male same-sex activity is punished by up to two years in prison, while lesbian activity is legal. No universal health coverage.
Con: January still named after the deceased Saparmurat Niyazov, former president of Turkmenistan and "The Leader of Turkmen"
4. Myanmar (Burma)
Pro: Strong military traditions. No universal health coverage.
Con: Recent events, including a visit by Hillary Clinton, have seen a weakening of the junta. They're getting soft in their old age.
Pros: No mandatory health insurance and a flat tax, just like Jesus and Rick Perry wanted.
Cons: Can't think of any. Sounds like mountainous, land-locked paradise.
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