Rights and Healthcare

Sunday, July 22, 2007 0

I am not a fan of American’s Health Care System. In fact, I think to have your health care insurance purchased by your company, or rather as part of your compensation is evil.

That said, I think that which makes the employer controlled Health Care evil, is only magnified if you switch out big business with big government.

If Health Care was the same as Car Insurance we would have Progressive, Gecko, and Farmers competing for our business. Offering better service, faster claims, and cheaper prices. The government never gets cheaper.

I could also tailor my insurance to fit my lifestyle and behavior. (Like the non-smoker or good student discounts awarded to young drivers.) Maybe a vegetarian, monogamous or organic discount.

If Health Care Insurance were a product I was able to shop for, price check and wheel and deal on my own, I believe like, in every other product, the service would get better, and the price would go down.

UPS and FedEx offer faster delivery, better tracking and are constantly offering better deals. The USPS just continues to raise the price of stamps. The government never gets cheaper.

Companies trying to turn a profit would force Health Care providers to lessen prices as they shop around for better group deals.

I realize there are people that no one would want to insure because of the high risk of expensive medical care. And I have thoughts on dealing with this as well. Of course, if you believe in Darwin’s Survival of the Fittest, this is easy.

Other issues are malpractice insurance, rampant malpractice lawsuits, massive tort cases and the Cost for Emergency Rooms being “required” to treat anyone who walks through the door. I suppose it comes down to the philosophical notion that health care either should be or is a right. I suppose that is a different debate. However, I don’t think there is presently anything in the Constitution that supports that notion.

The notion of “a right” is not what the government provides someone, but rather what the government can’t infringe upon. The government doesn’t “allow” free speech. According to the Constitution, they aren’t permitted to stop your speech.

The first amendment gives me the right to free speech but doesn’t require you to buy me a microphone. It gives me the right to assemble but doesn’t require you to buy me an arena. It gives me the right to practice my religion but doesn’t require you to buy me a Bible.

Likewise, the second gives me the right to bear arms but doesn’t require you to buy me a gun. Even in my pursuit of happiness, you are not required to buy me a car, house, Playstation, fur coat or whatever fills that list. Somehow there is this notion that Health Care is a Right and SHOULD be paid for by someone else. THOUGHTS: Read the Declaration carefully.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

The above does not mean endowed by their government with certain unalienable Rights,

unalienable: Adj. – incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another;

If “Life” (means Health) then you would have the right to be healthy, however, that only means the government can’t force you to be unhealthy, not that the government is required to see that you are healthy.


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