As the Supreme Court, this month, takes up the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, where is the outrage by the right wing about compulsory auto insurance?

Compulsory auto insurance is designed to insure that those who cause accidents or injury to others have insurance to pay those costs so those costs are not borne by the innocent party.

Likewise, under the Affordable Care Act, compulsory insurance is to insure that those who use the health care system, as every person is bound to do at some point, do not shift those costs onto those with insurance.

Those costs now comprise about 8 percent of our annual premium bill.

So, I repeat, where is the outrage? Is compulsory health insurance any more an affront to our liberty and overreaching by “big government” than compulsory auto insurance?

Jack Comart, Readfield

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