Here’s the latest reader rant, with my comments below:
Dave writes: I went for years as a healthy individual until a staph infection last April. Almost died. I am 75. You never know when it is your turn to be sick. So I am on the state insurance called Medicare. They gracefully exempted from Obamacare only because you cannot get blood out of turnip.
I believe the medical system of this country needs to change. We need a Medicaid type system that includes everyone and pays everything.
The current system is communist. It depends on how much money you make. It pays less if you earn more money.The bum down the street on welfare doesn’t pay anything for his health. He gets it from medicaid. It used to be any veteran anywhere could get healthcare until Bush put communistic wage qualifications on it in 2006. That was illegally done with an executive order as an emergency legislation by the president. Emergency? It was a ruthless change of our health benefits for risking our lives for our country.They did exempt people all ready using it and Vietnam Veterans. Why work if everything you ever work for and save goes down the toilet with one major illness? That bum is smarter than both of us.
Obamacare is unconstitutional. Getting paid off supreme court justices to admit that might be a task. Anyone with half a brain knows it was legislated as “not a tax.” It was put in and administered as a tax. It has to be passed by a Congress as a tax before it can be applied. Otherwise it was put in under false lying circumstances to the legislature. They were conned. That in itself is illegal. Unless a judge says different and they did. The only explanation that makes sense is they had to have been bought off.
Italics added by Eric.
My reply: You write, “I believe” and “we need.” What if I believe differently – and do not agree that “we” need a mandatory, all-encompassing (coercive) system?
You have every right to speak for yourself – and do as you think best for yourself. But I very much disagree that you have any right to presume to speak for me or any other person who has not given you specific proxy power to do so – and absolutely no right to impose your beliefs on others by force.
And that is what “we need” comes down to, Dave. In fact it means some people believe they need (insert here) and demand it be imposed by violence on others who would rather not have anything to do with it.
I agree that you never know when it is your turn to be sick. But that is not the issue. The issue – the moral issue – is whether your sickness and associated expenses impose an obligation upon me enforceable at gunpoint. And mine on you. My position is that they do not. That your life is yours and mine is mine and we each ought to be free to live our lives as we think best; to plan for life’s exigencies and regardless of them, accept that our problems, whether the result of irresponsibility or not, don’t give us the moral right to pick up guns and point them at other people.
Your position – coercive collectivism – is the same position that is the foundation of the very communism you say you object to. If it is morally acceptable to force me to buy “coverage” or to take my money by force to subsidize a collective system, then it is by the same principle also ok to force people to hand over money (which amounts to handing over their liberty) for any purpose that “we” – meaning, the handful of people who arrogate to themselves the Vox Populi – decree worthy. It means the end of freedom, in principle and shortly, in fact.
And that is why Obamacare is loathsome.
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