In his recent address on healthcare, Obama claimed that health insurance was not much different from car insurance and should be required of everyone. The comparison with car insurance has since managed its way into every liberal argument for health insurance in the country. This comparison, and therefore the argument, is bogus. It neglects so many details about car insurance that it is astonishing to believe it even made it into Obama's speech. For example, I can choose not to have a car and therefore not need car insurance. I cannot choose not to have a body. In this way, a mandatory health insurance policy becomes nothing more than a tax on my body. In a separate argument, a person is not required to insure their own car, only damage done to others' vehicles. Again, I can choose not to insure myself and face the risk of totaling my car without insurance. This neither raises others' insurance rates nor harms any other person. So really, car insurance is nothing like the proposed health insurance requirements.