In the March 18 Sunday Telegram, Professor Jennifer Wiggins of the University of Maine School of Law sought to justify mandatory health care insurance by comparing it to mandatory trash bags “for collection of nonrecyclable trash” and mandatory “state laws requiring drivers to buy automobile insurance.” (“Maine Voices: Individual mandates are nothing new”).

These juxtapositions were unpersuasive at best.

Mandatory trash bags for the collection of nonrecyclable trash is an alternative to hiring a private trash collection company or just taking one’s own trash to the town dump.

It is a service provided by local governments, not by private insurance companies.

Mandatory automobile insurance is necessary to operate an automobile, but those who do not want (or cannot afford) to own and/or operate an automobile have the alternative of relying on public transportation, also provided by local governments, not by private insurance companies.

So, why should health care be mandatory with no alternatives?

Why are there no government provisions for health care?

Why is it all relegated to private insurance companies?