Bob Ellis has some thoughts on why non-governmental entities do not need to hold townhall meetings and answer to the citizens for their business practices within that forum:
If someone doesn’t like the behavior or services of a particular insurance agent or insurance company, thank God that in America we have the freedom to go somewhere else for goods and services. We can exercise liberty over our property (e.g. our money) via the freedom of the shoe leather express. That freedom is one of the things that has made America great…and is one of the things in the cross hairs of this socialist takeover of health care. Our government, on the other hand, is the only one we have…and again, it is legally charged by the U.S. Constitution to be accountable to the people and to operate within the confines of said Constitution.
I would add that, over the years I have been able to exercise my freedom to go elsewhere for goods and services many, many times with regard to businesses. I have also been able to do this for a number of state and local governments. After all, though I greatly enjoy New Jersey, I chose to not continue to live there because of taxation, regulation, etc.
My single biggest concern with having an essential product or service distributed only by the federal government (outside of the necessary security to ensure that we have the freedom to engage in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”) is that I cannot vote with my feet, unless I wish to leave the country and become a citizen of another country. For that to be my only choice is fundamentally wrong.
In other words, when it comes to health care, food, clothing, education (the list is long) . . . . Viva la competition.