Sunday, March 21, 2010

PJM: Why America Hates Universal Health Care

Blogger "Zombie" has an essay up at PajamasMedia entitled, "Why America Hates Universal Health Care: The Real Reason".

One noteworthy excerpt caught my eye:
Now, I really don't care if you overeat, smoke like a chimney, hump like a bunny or forget to lock the safety mechanism on your pistol as you jam it in your waistband. Fine by me. And as a laissez-faire social-libertarian live-and-let-live kind of person, I would never under normal circumstances condemn anyone for any of the behaviors listed above. That is: Until the bill for your stupidity shows up in my mailbox. Then suddenly, I'm forced to care about what you do, because I’m being forced to pay for the consequences.

...What I don't like about the very concept of universal health care is that it compels me to become my brother's keeper and insert myself into the moral decisions of his life. I’d rather grant each person maximum freedom. I'd prefer to let people make whatever choices they want, however stupid or dangerous I may deem those choices to be. Just so long as you take responsibility for your actions, and you reap the consequences and pay for them yourself -- hey, be as foolish or hedonistic or selfish or thoughtless as you like. Not my business.

But if the bill for your foolishness shows up in the form of higher taxes on me, then I unwillingly start to care what you do. And, trust me on this, you don't want me turning my heartless judgmental eye on your foolish lifestyle. Because I'd have no qualms criticizing half the stuff you do.

Do you want that? No. Do I want that? No. And that's the point. Instituting a single-payer universal health-care system, or even a watered-down version as the government is now proposing, compels me to become a meddlesome busybody in your personal choices. And it will compel you to become a meddlesome busybody in everyone else's personal choices. It forever douses the beautiful flame of individualism -- freedom to act without interference, just so long as you are ready to accept the consequences, whatever they may be.
(Read the full text of "Why America Hates Universal Health Care: The Real Reason".)

Zombie is completely right on this point.

To see how this has played out in other countries such as Japan, Germany, and England, see my earlier piece from the January 7, 2009 Christian Science Monitor, "Universal Healthcare and the Waistline Police".

If/when ObamaCare passes, get ready for a "nanny state on steroids"!