Sunday, October 14, 2007
10 Impossible Things
Health Care is a human right - This is the foundation of Hillary's presidential campaign - that we all have a right to affordable, quality health care.
But why do we have a right to affordable, quality health care and not affordable, quality transportation - a Mercedes in every garage, with zero percent down, and low monthly payments stretched out over the next 20 years?
To say that I'm entitled to quality health care means someone else is obligated to provide me with same. Who? My doctor? The local hospital? The shareholders of companies that offer medical insurance? A taxpayer who earns more than me? One who earns less than me?
My beautiful and smart girlfriend said last night at the mini-blogger bash at the Irish Snug that she believes free medical insurance is a human right for children. I couldn't talk her out of it. Heart over head is a difficult thing to tackle.
Labels: Impossible Ideas
Jed, it would have been a quieter frustration. You and I agree there is nothing in the constitution to force charity through taxes and the signers of it would be livid we had amended it so, without amending it. Good to see you.
It's really a quite simple position. And it has nothing to do with abortion. I, for one, believe that the government should not have the power to take money from people at the point of a gun. If you don't believe there's any threat of force involved, I invite you to investigate the recent fate of some tax protestors in New Hampshire. Such a belief on my part does not automatically mean that I wish for children to die.
I note that there are white women who think the way I do, and black men and women. Actually, there aren't any race or gender issues at work here at all, nor issues of avocation.
BTW, I don't oppose abortion.