Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Health Care Debate: Ultimately Flawed
Prudence is not a gift in our culture. We are a culture that values spontaneity, encourages living in the “here and now”, grabbing “life by the horns”. Many have made imprudent decisions regarding health care. Many who have access to care have decided the cost of medical insurance was not a priority for understandable reasons, others ignoble. Perhaps the money deducted for health insurance was thought better funneled to rent, food, or some other necessity. Perhaps it was determined better used for travel, leisure, or entertainment. Whatever the reasoning, when one is sick, it suddenly becomes a priority, and often at that time it is unavailable. For those who must choose necessities over insurance for the survival of their families, I support providing assistance. For those choosing leisure over prudence, I do not.
As a child I listened attentively to the story of the grasshopper and the ant as they prepared for winter. The ant was industrious, the grasshopper concerned with entertainment and “grabbing life by the horns”. When the harsh winter set in, the ant was prepared, the grasshopper was not. Our nation is full of grasshoppers. There are millions upon millions of able-bodied men and women who choose to rely on the government for their daily needs, and ultimately, on the taxes of those who work prudently to provide for themselves and their families. For those who are disabled, diseased, mentally ill, or otherwise unable to care for themselves, I support providing assistance. For those unexpectedly in need of temporary help because of job loss or injury, I support assistance. For those imprudently choosing sloth over industriousness, I do not.
Ultimately, I believe the health care debate is flawed. I believe the debate should really be about what responsibility the men and women our society have for their own well-being. I believe the underlying reality that we are a nation that has enabled those who would choose imprudence by supporting them in their poor decisions with broad, unsustainable public assistance programs should be the true discussion regarding universal health care. There is little regard for personal responsibility among vast populations in our nation, a reality that has kept many in political power. Personal responsibility for one’s well-being must be considered carefully…or we will continue to reward sloth and poor health choices on the backs of hard working men and women of this nation.
Posted by David Marciniak at 10:32 AM