Because they are paying for health care, now they can regulate your life more completely. What you eat becomes their business. Whether you exercise becomes their business. Whether you take a pinch of snuff becomes their business. Whether your car is safe becomes their business. Whether you spank your kid becomes their business, because we all know that spanking produces mental illness. You certainly may not smoke, drink certain things, or eat red meat.
And Jonah Goldberg points out that the culture wars are now going to explode:.
But on another level, this legislation is a superconducting super collider of culture-war conflagrations. It will throw off new and unforeseen cultural spectacles for years to come (if it is not repealed). The grinding debate over the Stupak amendment was just a foretaste. The government has surged over the breakwater and is now going to flood the nooks and crannies of American life. Americans will now fight over what tax dollars should cover and not cover. Debates over “subsidizing” this “lifestyle” or that “personal choice” will erupt. And when conservatives complain, liberals will blame them for perpetuating the culture war.