No, we shouldn't. We aren't savages, and we aren't that desperate as a society.
Maybe we've forgotten what health care insurance IS: it is insurance. The idea behind insurance is, if something drastic happens the insurance company pays so you don't lose everything and go into debt.
If you need a lifesaving proceedure and have no insurance, you get the proceedure. You may end up in bankruptcy and debt, but at least you're still alive. You can still work, get your finances straightened out, and get on with your life... none of which you could do if you were dead.
We aren't primitive tribesmen living on the edge of starvation. We don't push the old and the weak out into the wilderness to die alone, and we shouldn't let someone die in pain in the waiting room of a hospital just because they have no insurance.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Exactly. Insurance is designed to cover rare events, not everyday expenses. The cockamamie system we have now is like having auto insurance which pays for every fill up, every car wash, every oil change, every tune-up, every tire balancing, every windshield wiper replacement, etc. Auto insurance covers rare events, like fender benders, like being sued for a million dollars for an accident you caused, like your hospital care if you injure yourself in an accident you caused, etc. These events don't happen to people every day.Maybe we've forgotten what health care insurance IS: it is insurance. The idea behind insurance is, if something drastic happens the insurance company pays so you don't lose everything and go into debt.
Here we go again arguing absolutes. The world doesn't work that way.
Most Americans want some form of health coverage. Life doesn't often give us black and white problems that can be handled with a simple either/or. But that is what everyone is arguing here. Everyone who has health coverage believes that they sufficient coverage for most illnesses. Many illnesses and conditions are covered. There are many people who had adequate coverage...initially. Complications can drag on over time where people reach a point that with insurance they drained by niggling charges over a very long haul. No one could have foreseen the timeline and the mounting costs. It happens all the time, all the time. It isn't a live or die situation. It's often a disabled person with dependency issues or a rehabilitated and working tax payer choice.
Most people don't just die. They suffer and suffer and suffer and eventually die. If some of my tax money goes toward keeping some people from suffering, and it does, then I'm fine with that. I don't think I'd want to live in a country that decided who was well enough, productive enough, smart enough, big enough or young enough to live.
Paul is not calling for the sick to be thrown out on the streets. He is not even opposed to government assistance for the people who can't afford healthcare. All he said was that a person who chooses to forgo health insurance should take responsibility for their own actions.
Tessaesque has covered all the bases I would have covered.
'The whole universe is going to die!'
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911