I dislocated – or tore – something in my shoulder a few months ago and would very much like to get it fixed. Unfortunately for me, I have to pay the government – again – and that means I can’t afford to pay a doctor.
In about two weeks, I must send the county $841.50 – half the yearly “rent” I am obliged to pay – forever – in order to be allowed to continue living in the house I paid off 15 years ago.
Unlike the government, I can’t just print more money and send it a few sheets of devalued scrip and call it even. The money I’ve got is limited by how much I earn – and I don’t earn enough to pay to get my shoulder looked at and pay the government what it says I “owe” – though for the life of me, I cannot recall buying anything from the government nor incurring costs.
I’m a single/divorced dude without kids – so I haven’t got any in “the schools.”
While it may be a good thing for kids to attend school, I have never understood how it is that other people’s decision to have children obliges me to pay for their education – the primary justification for the bill I am looking at as I type this.
I am conversant in the Birds and the Bees and understand that, excepting rape, the reproductive act is a voluntary one that either party can opt out of, in order to not have kids – if they are unable or unwilling to shoulder the cost of raising them.
It’s an odd and terrible thing to be held up – and shaken down – on account of the actions of people you don’t even know, whose actions somehow impose these obligations on you. And without even the brief enjoyment of being a participant in the process that led to the obligation.
We all have to prioritize our finances, of course. But it is one thing to defer a new sofa in order to pay for an X-Ray and being forced to hand over a large sum of money and not only get nothing in return but less than nothing.
The $841.50 will be vacuumed out of my account and I will not get to see a doctor about my shoulder.
It’s a two-fer!
But what about health insurance? I’d rather just be able to pay a doctor – but mandatory health insurance has made medical care unaffordable. The insurance, too. I know something about this because I grew up around doctors – both my dad and grandfather were doctors, before everyone used insurance to pay doctors.
My grandfather, an allergist, had his practice in his home – and had one nurse who doubled as his receptionist. Most people paid cash – which they could, because an office visit and shot was about $25. My grandfather did not have to pay a staff of health insurance paper-pushers half a million a year, which is why care was affordable.
The government ended that, too – via the same method. It took so much money away from people they could no longer afford medical care without insurance, then made insurance unaffordable by making it mandatory – the mandate used to make the healthy pay for the unhealthy (in the manner of forcing those without kids to pay for those with them, via the property tax extortion).
And the punchline is we’re all the poorer for it. We will never own our homes; we can’t afford to get sick.
But we’re all made to pay more for what we can’t afford anymore.
Or just do without – and go without.
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