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Hillary Clinton Will Garnish Your Wages If You Choose Not to Buy Health Insurance

By Erik Folgate

Haha, I just took money from your paycheck!This article from USA Today summarizes what Hillary Clinton spoke about on an ABC Sunday Morning show. She described her plan for funding her universal health care program, but the most revealing detail of her plan was that she would garnish the wages of those workers who could afford health care coverage, but chose not to buy it or participate in a universal health care plan.

Clinton Said, “I think you can automatically enroll people, and you will then say, ‘You’ve got to be part of this.'”

She will automatically enroll you by taking the money out of your paycheck whether you like it or not. It’s Super Tuesday today, so that is why I thought that I would dedicate a post to speaking about something that affects all of our personal financial situations. Health care coverage is very expensive, and many of you struggle to pay for it. I completely understand that. In no way am I about to attack Hillary Clinton on a personal level, but when she makes a claim that she will take money out of YOUR pocket WITHOUT your consent, I have a problem with that. It is my goal at Money Crashers to help you become financially independent, but how can you become financially independent when MORE money will be taken out of your paycheck without any control over it?

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Liberal, or Conservative, you HAVE to be upset to hear this. Hillary Clinton, what gives you the right to take away my choice about whether I want to buy health care coverage? Don’t I have the God-given right to do whatever I want with my body as long as it doesn’t negatively affect the people around me? What gives you the right to take my hard-earned money and force me to buy health care coverage? Have you ever thought that I might be self-insuring my health care coverage? Maybe I am trying to save some money, and I don’t mind rolling the dice for a few months to a year in order to save some money. This is ridiculous. It’s unbelievable.

In no way do I ever want to try to sway someone as to who they should vote for. I specifically told my wife, “Don’t vote for someone just because I am voting for them.” But you have to look at what is best for you. My goal when I write about something involving politics is to show you how it will affect your bank account. If you vote for Hillary, you’re voting for another automatic tax withdrawal from your paycheck that you have no control over. If the government and politicians were smart, they would start passing more legislation that put MORE money in OUR hands. They keep scratching their heads over why the economy is slowing down. Well, take a look at all of the freakin’ money that leaves our paycheck before we know it. Maybe if you started putting more money in our pockets, other than a lump-sum windfall, we would have more resources to stimulate the economy.

When you vote tomorrow, vote for whoever you think will put more money into your pocket. Vote for a candidate that wants to give you more control over your money and give you more opportunities to succeed and pursue the American dream.

My Disclaimer: I think one of the most important insurances to pay for is health insurance. Medical bills cause people to go bankrupt every year. They can be devastating, and I know that. In no way would I advocate anyone to walk around without insurance if they have the means to do it. But, if I was in a position of power, I would never make someone buy it if they chose not to. I would think they are stupid, but I would not make them do it. It’s THEIR choice. If taking away personal freedoms is the only way to make universal health care a possibility, then it’s not for me. At least the flawed health care private sector doesn’t hold a gun to your head to buy coverage.

Correction made above: The source for this article was switched to one from the USA Today rather than World Net Daily as some readers feel it’s not a credible source for information. If anyone has a problem with USA Today as a real information source, let me know.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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  • Roy

    Pay now or pay later. I managed to get a fairly small hospital bill for my eye. No insurance since I was tween jobs. I am paying it off. I’ll vote for a change. Go Hillary. Nothing so screwed up as American health care. Envious of Canadians. They don’t have to worry about affording or avoiding the doctor.

  • hank

    My personal feelings about Hillary aside… (I hate her, fwiw)

    The fact that you link to WorldNetDaily just proves you are an idiot.

  • Minimum Wage

    How is she going to decide whether you can afford it?

  • author

    I don’t know how she’ll decide. I guess it will be based on your taxable income.

    Hank, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the article from World Net. There’s no opinion in it at all, so I dont know what your beef is with the site.

    Also, I expected the hateful comments today. Let’s try to keep it a rational discussion. Thanks for the comments!

  • Sphynx

    I think what Hank was saying is that anyone who uses informative sources for their information instead of random conjecture is an idiot.

    Nonetheless, I appreciate you having done so despite that. There are a couple of things to remember though in defense of Hillary. She rarely ever keeps her promises, and changes on a whim anyhows, so it’s a very small chance that your wages will be garnished to provide your own Health Care. Or, if it is, it will be because of the rest of the Governing body (Senate/House).

    She was just caught a bit unawares in that discussion, not having actually planned out how Universal Healthcare would be achieved, just saying what she knows she needs to say to ‘win’. The actual method to do it would likely be quite different than her proposal.

  • pharmboy

    when you vote today, or rather in November, it comes down to one simple question really: who should be in charge of taking care of you?

    if you think you should be in charge of taking care of you, vote red.

    if you think someone else should be in charge of taking care of you, vote blue.

    – Romney ’08

  • Minimum Wage

    I don’t know how she’ll decide. I guess it will be based on your taxable income.

    In that case, it looks like I’ll escape her clutches.

  • Jeanne

    In response to the health care, I voted for Hillary for the simple fact, the state of Massachusetts where I am from is already MAKING people get health care. If you don’t have it you are penalized by a federal fine. So it makes no difference to us. Our state has already implemented that law and let me see, it was the governor who is good friends with Obama that implemented it so be careful who you vote for be it Governor, senator and congressman it’s not just the president that has the power the other guys do more so because everything passes through them, so think about it. The President can only go so far and then it’s up to the other people you elected to pass it.

  • Sandy

    I have a serious problem when someone like Hilary says she will garnish my wages for healthcare to insure that her plan for universal health care covers everyone. That takes away everyones freedom of choice. who is she to say it will be affordable to me. I find it very ironic that she only says in her speeches everyone will have universaL healthcare. but she never says I’m going to ensure that by garnishing everyone wages who can afford it but elect not to get it. Tell the whole truth hilary not the half truth, thats exactly why you are not getting my vote in texas on march 4th.

  • author

    i couldn’t agree with you more Sandy.

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Well, flash forward 2+ years and now we have passed a massive health care bill. And not from Hillary, but from Obama. And the language to enforce health insurance coverage is in there, but I don’t know to what extent.

    How do I feel about this? Well, I wish the politicans attacked the health care problem from a different angle. Like ensuring that patients receive proper coverage, rather than excessive coverage. Look at the core cause on why health care costs so much. Instead, we’re just putting a band-aid on the problem.

  • CarolO

    Make sure you keep flapping that red cape, Erik. You’re sure to find one person who will fall for this.

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