I am in favor or healthcare reform. You read that correctly. There is something wrong with it. I have written previously about how my wife has been very ill for over 10 years (more like 15 but who wants to keep track). We have spent more on her healthcare than most people have made over the same period. At a few points over her illness we could have asked for government help but we were both raised to take care of ourselves. My wife is adament that she will not take anything which we cannnot buy ourselves. We have very good insurance because we pay for it. It is very expensive, but worth it. My wifes health is worth more than a new car (as one blogger discussed last week). My wifes health has and always will be worth more than worrying about me having to work at a second job or being away from home quite a bit. We take care of our own in this family and we will never want for anything.
As I write this, my wife is in the hospital again. She is an old pro at it and does quite well considering what she has to endure at times. She never loses her sense of humor or her focus. She will come through with flying colors yet again.
My point in this blog is not to brag or belittle, but to ask a pertinent question. Too many in our society are working hard to convince us that healthcare is a right. We keep hearing that it is terrible that a country as rich as ours cannot give everyone in it healthcare. We are even told that under one possible plan, not having healthcare will result in a fine, from the IRS for heavens sake. Come on.
So lets say that we the people and our elected idiots go for one of these plans. We all come together and decide that our government needs to provide a healthcare package that we can all get. Great. But here is the kicker: What is next? Seriously. What supposed right will be foisted into the arena next? I have a feeling that we can all come up with some precious goody that we feel is a right, or should be.
If healthcare is a right, because we all need it to live happily ever after, or search for truth, or be good productive Americans, then I can make the case that having a car should be a right. I need it to get to work. Without it, I cannot work. After all, there is no bus service where I live, nor any type of carpool thing. Too far to ride a bike, etc. I need a car. Everyone should pay for it, kick down some dollars for my car.
How about a cell phone? How about a boat? How about a decent vacation once a year? How about dogfood for my dog? How about beer to relax me after work? I am trying to pursue happiness after all.
I do not portend to know what "right" will be next, but suffice it to say that there will be one. Liberal politicians in our country have made a living off of convincing the gullible that the mean rich and the white collared workers need to pay for everything while they, the gullible are kept down by the same people. Meanwhile the "nice" lib politicians will take care of the gullible just like their mommy and daddy used to.
It is coming. The libs will deny it and argue that I am a teabagger who has no clue. But, it is coming, and they know it. They just can't admit to it yet, because then we may start to ask questions, and even slow down the right to healthcare. Be on the lookout.