"...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
-2 Corinthians 3:17 (NASB)

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
~John Adams

6.25.2008

The problem of semi-universal healthcare

Those of you who have discussed politics with me will know that I abhor stereotypes and cannot fit myself into any label. Perhaps the best label for me is a non-label-arian. This post is about to reveal this. I have a confession: I am a semi-socialist. Don't stop reading right now! I'm also semi-libertarian! Allow me to explain.

To synthesize this philosophy, consider this statement: Axiom: Every individual can surrender his own rights, but have no right to surrender another's rights.

Do you have the right to surrender control of your health care to a private insurance company? Absolutely. Because you are only surrendering your liberty. It's called a contract. As John Locke and Thomas Hobbes theorized, every person has a right to contract others; to loose certain liberties (such as the money you pay to the insurance company) in order to gain others (ie: the peace of mind the insurance brings). Following so far?

As far as I can tell, (and as far as liberals can tell) the only difference between a government and an insurance company is the content of the contract. Hence, it's perfectly moral to use government as an insurance company.

So, when Hillary Clinton says that could all become less greedy so that others can have health insurance, she's right.

WHOA!!! Stop right there, Brian! Did you really mean that? Well, only partially. See, what Clinton is missing is that everyone has to agree to sign this new contract that she proposes. Because she is proposing that this elitist group of people call politicians and their supporters ought to enlist everyone's money to bring her vision to life, I cannot support her plan, but I support the idea.

I do agree the we ought to have universal health care. Clinton, contrary to popular belief, only wants semi-universal health care. I believe that everyone ought to get together and say: "Yeah, there are people who can't get health care, and we're all willing to contribute in order to meet this need." Hillary thinks that we ought to get as many willing victims... I mean participants... into the program as we can get, and then force everyone else to join. That is not truly universal health care, and it is downright immoral!

Agree? Disagree? Please post a response.

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