It wasn't that long ago that people were actually responsible for
paying for their own health care. No one expected a government entity
to swoop in and save them from themselves. In fact, many of our parents and grandparents probably paid for a doctor visit out of their own pockets. Thomas Sowell writes
This was all before politicians gave us
the idea that the things we could not afford individually we could
somehow afford collectively through the magic of government. (Read the rest of his article discussing his thoughts on universal health care.)
For me, that really is the heart of the matter. Over the last forty years we've somehow come to the conclusion that we are owed something simply because we live in the United States of America. Every election we are ready and willing to hand over more of our responsibility to the government so we don't have to think about taking care of ourselves.
I would rather see us paying for our medical bills out of pocket and not relying on government for any of our health care issues. Then
again, I'm a Libertarian and I'd love to see the government butt out of just about everything. I'm a fan of medical savings plans. These plans allow you to put aside money for your health care issues (including doctor visits, medicine, etc.). John Stossel explains why these savings plans work and actually save us money.
Here's another article by John Stossel outlining why universal health care and its lack of competition just can't work. In fact, he discusses Canada specifically.
I've noticed in other political threads that, apparently, those of us who don't want universal health care are heartless people who don't care about the children. Mark Steyn says it better than I ever could. Please read his article explaining why the real "war on children" is not changing our system for the better now (i.e., jumping off the government gravy train and taking responsibility for ourselves) and leaving it for them to pay for later.
Universal health care? No, thank you.
This article was originally published at The Soccer Mom Vote on November 6, 2007.
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