"Liberalism is a mental disorder."
Now I'm not going to go to such ridiculousness, although there is some credence in the statement based on the convoluted bullshit required to justify the government enslavement of health care. But I do take away the though that far too many people get caught up in the mindless emotionalism and insipid desire to see everyone taken care of because of an ass-backwards sense of "morality" in the form of the "we know what's better for you than you do" attitude that seems to permeate the powers of Washington. And the result is that we begin to equate giving people stuff from other people as a good and proper function of government.
So that brings me to this article, filled mostly with inane babble about how the right is all about hate and liberal killing (hint, we want to see you dead politically, and THAT'S IT! you silly bastards), the standard meme employed (and enhanced with bullshit stories) whenever too many Americans are calling BS on their plans for change. But it was this line that infuriates me (and is well worth printing for its utter stupidity):
By extending what has been a privilege of only those who work or can pay independently to roughly 40 million "others" as a right, the health care reform law has flattened out a social hierarchy that enables some Americans to feel and behave as though they are superior to others or that they have done something, other than merely being alive, that earns them the privilege of proper health care. Those who feel superior may say, "I or my company can pay for health care, therefore I am." But now that the reform bill has become law, many more Americans can say, "I am, therefore I have the right to affordable health care. By making health care available to more people, those who believe it's a privilege they've earned are now placed on the same hierarchical rung as others who they believe don't deserve or haven't earned it.Okay, let's deal with this line by line.
By extending what has been a privilege... By this, I assume they mean the privilege of having someone else pay for your health care? It brings us back to what entails a right. In short, a right extends only as far as the rights of another, but does not give us license to take the rights of another. Only the government can do that, through due process, and only in limited circumstances. In fact, the only reason the Constitution takes the rights of individuals is for the purpose of judging cases of criminal activity, where the rights of another are in peril. In other words, people have always had a right to seek health care. And we have ironed out problems with access. The issue had always been affordability. And yes, there is a difference.
But now that the reform bill has become law, many more Americans can say, "I am, therefore I have the right to affordable health care. Ok, so it's about affordable health care. I thought it was all about government-supplied health care. (Oh, and I'TS NOT A RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!)
By making health care available to more people, those who believe it's a privilege they've earned are now placed on the same hierarchical rung as others who they believe don't deserve or haven't earned it. Again, it seems to me this is all about equalizing outcomes, not opportunities (among with the prior stated sentiment toward the rich).
We've gotten so hung up on looking to the government to "fix" the health care system that we've forgotten a few things. First of all, health care itself wasn't broke. The health insurance market, on the other hand, was, because it was long past the time when they fit the definition of insurance. And the continued addition of mandate and regulation (and the failure to address insane things like the rescission problem (exacerbated by trying to make a profit when the government is continually making it harder to do so daily)), as well as the price spike driven by both the third-party payer problem, and the rampant price fixing caused by Medicare and Medicaid, has only created problem upon problem (again, it's all about affordability).