Trading Freedom for Government Health Care
When your refrigerator of automobile breaks, you call the service guy. After the warranty period, you pay for the service when the repair is complete. This is simple and a tried and true method that works. In either instance, you are seeking repair service – not care service.
We own homes, appliances or cars and are responsible for the cost of maintaining them. You decide what needs fixing based partly on balancing the seriousness of the problem against the expense of repairing it.
When it comes to socialist health care the state owns you because they are supposedly responsible for paying to repair you. This noble purpose springs from redistributing to the taxpayers the potentially ruinous expense of the medical care of unfortunate individuals. Government just claims the credit and the power to tell you how to live under the guise of keeping costs down.
The idea that every life is infinitely precious and therefore everyone deserves the same kind of optimal medical care is a fine religious sentiment and moral ideal. This idea turns out to be an illusion or a means to an end since we know that the state no longer is interested in the things of God. No, they have grander designs more along the lines of being God.
The public talk about “health care” leans toward some kind of collective public service – like fire protection, provided equally to everyone who needs it.
If we are honest with ourselves, we should recognize that no government could provide the same high quality body repair services to everyone. Not all doctors are equally good physicians, and not all sick people are equally good patients.
The trap is that too many people have grown lazy and now embrace the nanny state. They don’t realize the system itself is flawed and will disintegrate under it’s own weight.
If we continue down this road to socialized medicine, we will sacrifice personal freedom at a dreadful price. We will become the voluntary slaves of a “compassionate” government that will provide the same low quality health care to everyone.
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