A Healthcare Reform Rant
Alright, let me begin this with a touch of humility:
I do not pretend to fully understand the entire healthcare reform debate. Nor do I wish to address the entire debate.
With that said, I'd like to rant because of a conversation with a co-worker. He took particular issue with the facet of this debacle that would require people to have health insurance. Nothing I could say would budge him.
Now maybe I don't full understand this part either, but so far as I can tell, it would be a good thing to require people to carry health insurance.
I mean, you can live fifty years and never get sick, and feel like you're getting ripped off. But when that fifty year old, always been healthy person suddenly gets cancer, now he's relying on his insurance because otherwise he could never afford more than a few days worth of treatment. (At least, not the average American. That shit's expensive.)
If Johnny fifty-year-old had never paid into health insurance, then got cancer at fifty and started taking advantage of the health care system that's in place, maybe contacting charities, or going to free clinics, sure he'd be getting crappier care than me with my HMO (meh) but still, he's putting a financial strain on a system that he hasn't paid into. Or at least, not as much as I have by carrying health insurance all these years.
My opponent's point against all of this was that the government shouldn't be able to make you do anything.
Now I realize that's a fairly stupid position. It's not well thought out or very informed at all. There are all kinds of things that government can and does tell a private citizen to do, and most of those things we never bat an eye at. So what is the best argument against requiring people do carry health insurance?
Cause I guess where I'm stuck is, how is it bad to require it? If you drive for fifty years and never get into an accident, you don't get that money back, but no one complains (much) about that fact. We all pay car insurance, whether or not we ever need to utilize the service for repairs. And I know that's a little different, but still. What's the big deal?
So not so much of a rant as I thought, more of a discussion starter.