Thursday, March 25, 2010
Mr. Freedom Lover
Over at Logtar's Blog, his post about the recently passed Health Care Legislation, Privilege Vs Right has touched off a heated debate.
A commenter who strongly dislikes the legislation started his first reply with the statement, "The problem is that it's easy to spend someone else's money." Then went on to argue passionately that this policy is wrong because it is impinging on his freedom. He reveals his bent that justice should be of little concern for our society when he states, "I’d rather just be free to make the choices that lead to my success or failure." He confirms one of his choices by stating, "I waive health insurance and I do not want it. Up until yesterday I had the freedom to choose."
All very well and good, I suppose, except in a later comment, while trying to refute Logtar's contention that the government has a valid interest in curtailing citizen's freedom through traffic regulations, this freedom loving individual wrote, "choosing to speed can be enforced with a fine because [..] I am putting society in danger by doing so. [...] not having health care [insurance] does not put society in danger."
This commenter seems to share a blind spot with many individuals I meet who bitterly complain about having to pay taxes and having their freedom taken away, while simultaneously behaving in ways that threaten society and cause our taxes to be higher and requiring more regulations. Not having health insurance absolutely puts society in danger, by causing medical expenses and insurance premium increases to absorb the costs of treating uninsured individuals who can't pay for their treatment.
But I suppose I could be wrong. I suppose if we lived in a society that let everyone have the freedom to succeed or fail, no matter what, and the commenter were involved in some mishap and sustained life threatening injuries and an ambulance arrived, but the EMT refused to treat him because Mr. Freedom Lover chose not to carry health insurance, I suppose as the EMT snapped the laryngoscope back into its protective case, if the EMT were observant, he might see a hint of a smile at the corners of Mr. Freedom Lover's blood covered mouth, as Mr. Freedom Lover aspirated his own blood, a hint of a smile from the satisfaction Mr. Freedom Lover felt knowing he was living in a society where he had the freedom to suffocate on his own blood because he chose not to carry health insurance.