This might annoy some who keep asking me about my opinion on the current state of health care or, rather, the mess that does not resemble debate or discussion. Generally I say, “I don’t know enough about either side so I can’t make an ‘educated’ opinion.” And, generally, that’s the truth. If I try to filter out the crap being flung from either side and dodge that that is being hit back by the proverbial fan, I still have no real, concrete facts and, so, can’t parse the potential consequences of the choices involved.
I don’t have health insurance. Haven’t for about a year now. I’d like insurance. I’ve researched it. A friend and insurance broker found me some fairly decent coverage this spring at about $200 per month. Not a bad deal as far as insurance goes. I just had to choose between that $200 being spent on health insurance or, say, groceries. I chose groceries because, well, a girl’s gotta eat. Despite the fact I don’t have health insurance and would like it, I do not believe health care is a ‘right’. I think I/we have some ‘rights’–certain ‘gifts’ due us because we were born and continue to draw breath. Among those are my/our right to exist and breathe as I/we chose–to just BE who I AM/WE ARE; to choose whether I/we want to be happy or not; to explore my/our life’s path in my own fashion; and to not be assaulted (used widely here) by another. For me, this sum’s up ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. Additionally, I believe because I am endowed with those rights, I have an inherent responsibility to help others protect or gain those rights.
It’s just not my belief that I have a ‘right’ to health care–public or private. As such, I don’t believe others have the responsibility to provide it for me. Again, I believe it is a fantastic goal to aim for universal coverage. I support it to a large degree. However, I’m not going to participate in this back and forth thing now called dialogue that is destructive rather than constructive.
There you have it.