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The Real Reason Americans Don’t Want Universal Health Care

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Sunday, March 21, 2010, 10: 15 AM

The real reason we don’t want universal health care is that we don’t want to be forced to subsidize other people’s bad behavior. If you were to visit just about any trauma center and observe the activity for a few hours you would realize that most of the problems that result in people showing up for treatment are related to:

• Obesity
• Cigarette smoking
• Alcohol abuse
• Reckless behavior
• Criminal activity
• Unprotected promiscuous sex
• Use of illicit drugs
• Cultural traditions
• Bad diets

Americans are the most generous people in the world and will freely help those in need through no fault of their own. But anyone who lives responsibly deeply resents having to pick up the tab for medical treatment needed as a consequence of the patient’s own misdeeds, bad habits, or stupid choices. We of a libertarian mindset are loathe to go around scolding other people and trying to correct their behavior. If the costs and adverse results for their behavior devolve only on them and not on us, we can give our advice when asked but otherwise mind our own business. But if we have to pay the price for every miscreant in society we will all be turned into fascists nagging others on what they should do and how they should live. That’s not a state of existence that we want. We don’t want to be bossed around and we don’t want to become nannies filled with resentment for our fellow citizens. Universal health care leads to that result, and that is why it is an abomination in a free society.

There is another reason we don’t want to become fascist nannies. It doesn’t work. We cannot change other people’s behavior that way. So long as the fat slobs, drug fiends, chain smokers, drunkards and sex addicts don’t have to pay the cost of their actions they aren’t going to change. Universal health care removes the one and only circumstance that will actually change these peoples’ lives, if anything will: leaving them to suffer the consequences of their own actions.

For much more on this topic check this out: Why Americans Hate Universal Health Care: The Real Reason

Latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters released this morning shows Americans are holding strong in their opposition to this:

54% of all voters against, 41% favor
45% strongly against, 26% strongly favor
87% of Republicans against; 59% of Independents against; 74% of Democrats in favor
57% of all voters believe Obamacare with increase the cost of health care, only 17% believe it will reduce cost
54% of all voters think it will diminish the quality of care

If only 17% believe Obamacare will reduce the cost of health care, then a lot of the 41% in favor don’t believe Obama’s promise to reduce the cost of health care. So why are they for it? Only one answer. They are for it for ideological reasons. Ideology makes people stupid.

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  1. One Hand Clapping said, on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 11: 56 PM at 11:56 PM

    Just to elaborate on your reason #6. I have a strong aversion to paying for the health care of polygamous families. These women already claim to be “unmarried” – you know “celestial marriages” only, not legal marriages. Welfare fraud already has me fired up – now we can add health care to their “benefits.” When will couples have only the number of children that they can afford? Why can these men have 40 children, and we the people must pay for health care for these outsized families?

    • TeeJaw said, on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 7: 09 AM at 7:09 AM

      Of course, we have already been paying for Medicaid for many years and most of the sort or people to whom you refer are on Medicaid. Not many working stiffs could afford a health care plan as elaborate and all-inclusive as Medicaid. When the value of Medicaid is added to the welfare check that is received the total can come to over $25,000 annually, a sum far in excess of what these unskilled and unmotivated folks could hope to earn by working. All this does exactly what no one in their right mind would want it to do: namely, it destroys individual initiative and family structure. And it costs us fortune to do it.

      Although they could not earn an equivalent amount in money by working, they could gain something far more valuable by working. That would be self-respect and some “hope and change” that would transform their miserable lives into a life worth living. Eventually, they could earn far more than they are making on welfare and Medicaid.

  2. Ashley Elaine said, on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 11: 21 PM at 11:21 PM

    It’s funny how in many of the wealthy, industrialized nations where there is universal health care, you don’t see as high percentages of all of the health problems as you do in the states. Somehow the people there don’t mind paying for one another….

    …And then you have Americans, many of whom are greedy, pleasure-seeking and self-serving in their ways; not just the ones who willingly practice unhealthy behaviors, but also the ones who are unwilling to help take care of those who want to be healthy, but really just cannot afford to do so (i.e., people like TeeJaw, here).

    Instead of rejecting universal health care and turning our backs on Americans who either A) have already gotten themselves into bad health, B) just can’t afford to live healthily, or C) both….we should try to prevent the circumstances in this country that lead to these situations in the first place. Think about future generations of Americans instead of only thinking about yourself.

    The real enemy is not universal health care. Universal health care would be great for America — if only Americans were smarter, and cared more about each other.

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