All right wing solutions for social and economic ills are punitive.
From an exchange over at Mimi's blog:
...preventive care assumes people take active responsibility for their own health. Former smoker have done this. People who lose weight and keep it off do this. That and the streamlining / reduction of duplications in medical record keeping are not "sine qua nons" of "universal care" or any government subsidized health insurance scheme. They can be accomplished by other means. . .even Newt Gingrich has regularly advocated these reforms. Nothing new here. . .and nothing that necessarily links them with a government takeover of the health insurance industry. Again, real health care reform begins not with government subsidizing insurance or tinkering with it, but with cost containment.