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May step into this debate and address at a high level this issues.
1. As to Health Care reform, this is not the first step of government into the arena of who should PAY for an individuals healthcare, oh which also means What should be paid for and how much. Before 1973 the majority of people if they chose to purchased their own heath insurance or paid their doctor directly. Then in 1793 the Federal Government (With Union Support) passed the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973 which Required yes Required employers with 25 or more employees to offer federally certified HMO options if the employer offers traditional healthcare options. Federally certified means mandated By the Government and thus in directly controlled by the Federal Government. Obamacare is just the second phase.
2. On gun control, if you define gun control as those who chose to break law not having guns then you are correct there is no gun control and by the never will gun control. If you define Gun Control as the Federal and Local Government restricting access, possession and use for personal protection by law abiding citizens then we do have gun control in many varying degrees across the United States.
3. Government intrusion; This one you must be very careful with since there is a HUGE difference in having the power through existing laws and regulations for the government to act. One the Government and all its bureaucracy makes it difficult if not impossible to act efficiently, since most decision makers think only on political bases. Secondly, if you have some political and legal power but desire MORE what is the easiest way to gain more, simple fail to use the power you have then ask for even more power to fix the problem you help cause. IMHO this theory holds true for the housing bubble Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both ran by the government and using the oil spill in the gulf to restrict domestic oil production and drive up cost.
Point 1: Even so, one still has a choice to pick what insurance you want, be it private or federally "mandated" as you put it. I have federally "mandated" HMO type insurance that I CHOOSE, and was never forced down my throat. I had a choice between the insurance plans offered by my employer and the Federal one that I qualified for as a retired Vet. I choose the federal one and it is the best choice compared to the private ones.
Point 2. We need gun control. But most are put in place by States. The Constitution guarantees law abiding citizens to bear arms, like myself and many others out there, as long as you follow the rules. It is not difficult to do.
Point 3. I have one thing to say about this: There are things the government should never get into, like mandating you have medical insurance or be fined!! Unconstitutional, period.