Freedom of Speech is Non-Negotiable (9/29/09)
Recently, Louisville-based Humana sent a letter to seniors enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plan, advising them that proposed health care changes would lead to a loss of some benefits to recipients.
The Obama Administration reacted by launching an investigation into Humana's actions and instructed the insurance company to immediately stop all such mailings and remove any related materials from its web site. Why? Because they insist the letter contained misinformation and was just a scare tactic.
It isn't a stretch to say that sounds more like Soviet Russia than the United States, but it's starting to happen here.
Health care reform isn't even the issue. The government simply has no business censoring communications of any kind between private companies and their clients. That goes against everything America stands for.
Many people are concerned this government is getting too big and trying to control too much. I am among them. We must never allow the government to censor our freedom of speech or our right to debate.
Quite honestly, I don't care whether Humana's claims are 100% correct or not. I do care that the government now assumes it can censor speech if it disagrees with the conversation.
There's room for debate when it comes to health care. But there should be no wiggle room when it comes to free speech.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.