Based on some of the responses to my relatively benign "ranking" of countries based on health care, the fact is that we live in a society where our government provides certain 'safety nets' for its less fortunate citizens. It's striking a balance between socialism and democracy that I neither agree nor disagree with. My perception is merely that the gov't should be consistence in the help it provides. If the US citizens pay for and realize that there is an agency such as FEMA established and paid for by the government to at least make a half decent attempt to ave their ass if they get stuck on a roof in a flood, and then they don't even TRY, well then that's not right. I understand the arguments that people need to take care of themselves and I'm ok with that... but then I would just ask why I'm paying for FEMA at all? If we presumably provide safety nets for people, then those nets need to be available when necessary. Otherwise, just get rid of them.
Our health care's safety net is Medicare (and medicaid). We spend a buttload of money on those programs. And why? If someone is sick and they can't afford for a doctor to take care of them, we'd feel a little better about ourselves not letting those people die just because they're poor or disadvantaged. Personally, I'm ok with that because I'm not a cold-hearted bastard and I think that all Americans, as long as we live in this great nation of ours, deserve at least the opportunity not be left out to die because they can't afford an appendectomy. We can go to the methods of Russia and China that let the peasants fend for themselves, but I think it would hurt our "greatest country ever" title. We're also not a tiny country like Luxembourg or Sweden that taxes its citizens 50% of their income but provides a plethora of free public services.
So, ok, you don't want to foot the healthcare bill for some fatso who decided to eat and drink too much. But then there are people who are legitimately poor and legitimately sick. We can focus on those who abuse the system and point to that as a reason for de-socializing health care, but what about the millions of Americans in poverty and the millions of Americans who aren't in poverty but simply don't have healthcare because it's too expensive to buy it on their own? It's easy for you to say you don't expect someone else to foot your medical bills if you have health insurance, presumably free and provided by your employer.
I don't have the answers, but I'm just trying to see what the anti-socialized health care crowd thinks.
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