Editorial: The Selfishness of Socialized Medicine
This past week I met a man who is working to adopt President Obama’s vision of health care. He kept claiming that 47 million people don’t have health care in America. After listening for a couple of minutes I pointed out that everyone has health care at the ER even if they can’t pay. He disagreed. He said people with pre-existing conditions can’t get care. I again pointed to the ER. He told me I was ignorant of the facts so I asked him to explain.
Fifteen years ago he was young, trying to start a business and “could not afford” health insurance. He developed a hernia. Because his particular situation is not life threatening, he can’t get it surgically repaired without paying “$10,000.”
I pointed out to him that decisions have consequences. He chose to roll the dice on health care and lost. Now, because of his poor decision, he expects others to pay when he would not. He is an angry man who would forever condemn us to government control over our health decisions in order to get others to pay for his surgery. I pointed out that he could have saved a little every month over the past 15 years and paid for his own surgery. His response was not pretty!
His selfishness demands that I forever exchange my personal responsibility and freedoms to pay for his bad decisions and juvenile wants. He would have government direct every aspect of my life to relieve him of his personal responsibility. That is the height of selfishness.
There are serious flaws in our system that needs addressing. Any system that serves 300 million people will always need refining, but don’t allow the exceptions to ruin the best health care system on the planet.