Friday, August 28, 2009

Just Because Something Is Free Doesn't Mean You Don't Have To Pay For It

Via Memeorandum:

Kate Southwood left a couple of pertinent facts out in Why Isn’t Health Care A Right?

To listen to her, you would think that health care in Norway is free or at least close to free. Everything she alluded to, her pregnancies, dental work, etc., was paid for. Southwood’s friends, neighbors and co-workers paid. They paid up to 54.3% of their income in personal income taxes. They paid a 13 % VAT (value added tax) on all food items purchased. They paid a 25 % VAT on all goods and services. They pay and pay for that “free” health care.

Southwood wants to know why health care isn’t a right. My question to Southwood is, why do you believe that you have the right to take other people’s money and use it as your own?

Universal health care equals socialism. Socialism is an economic system, not a political one, nor should it be a dirty word.

If Southwood prefers socialism then let her live under it but do not impose it on me. I believe that socialism is a cruel system that robs the individual of freedom and countries of their potential. I would never willingly trade the vibrancy of a free market society for bleakness of socialism. Thankfully, the majority of my fellow citizens feel the same way.

Smitty put it this way:

So, Kate, opposing this methodology for improving health care is not about being a meanie. It's about ensuring that any decision undertaken has been thoroughly picked over, carefully considered, and doesn't omit such crucial details as the Constitution and tort reform. Call an Article V convention. Make it an Amendment. If we're going to do something as wrong-headed as the 16th Amendment, then please attach a number to it so that it's useful as a target on a dart board.

Well said.

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