Saturday, June 13, 2009

Free Healthcare?

There are two types of "free." Free as in freedom, and free as in beer.

Some things are essentially free. Rainbows, wildflowers, hugs and kisses from loved ones, and sometimes, a beer from a friend who says, "Don't worry about it, I've got this one."

As Americans, we are free citizens. It's right there in the Declaration of Independence, a document that laid out the reasons why it was important for the colonies to break away from Britain's "unwarrantable jurisdiction." The Constitution lays out our freedoms; we are free to chose our own religion, to speak our minds, to assemble and petition, to own firearms, to raise our children as we see fit, to vote for a representative government, and we are even free to drink that free beer.

There has been a lot of discussion recently about socialized or "free" healthcare being introduced to the United States. Free healthcare? Where in the world are we going to find enough doctors (who, by the way, are trying to pay off an average of $140,000 in medical school debt each) willing to work for free in order to make sure that every American (or illegal immigrant pretending to be an American) has healthcare?

As a stay-at-home-mom, I work my tail bone off everyday. I'm the maid, the nanny, the chef, the chauffeur, the counselor, the life coach, the activities director, the secretary, the referee, and sometimes if my husband is lucky, I'm other things as well. ;-) I do it all for free, without being paid, because of my unbreakable and unending love for my family. But as much as I love my family, it is hard to do it all for free. Really hard. So I have to ask myself, "If it's hard for me to work for free for my family, whom I love and cherish more than anything on the planet, how hard is it going to be for doctors to work for free for people they don't even know?"

Free healthcare is an impossibility. There is no such thing as free beer. Your friend paid for it. Maybe he did it because it was his turn to buy, or maybe out of generosity or appreciation for your friendship. But he didn't do it because the bartender said, "Sir, you make twice as much money as this man, so it is only 'fair' that you buy his beer for him."

That's what our government is trying to do regarding healthcare. It isn't going to be free, because someone is going to have to pay for it (estimated cost is 1-1.5 trillion dollars over the next 10 years.) Doctors and nurses need to be paid, along with the scientists that develop new drugs, the engineers that build medical equipment, the architects that design hospitals, and even the janitors that keep the toilets clean. Taxes are going to skyrocket. Everything will be taxed, from the CO2 we breath out (double tax if that breath included nicotine), to sodas, and of course, to incomes.

It isn't going to be free either, with "legislation that would require all Americans to have health insurance, prohibit insurers from refusing to cover pre-existing conditions and place other restrictions on the industry."

I'm a grown up. I like my freedom. I like choosing my doctor, and I like that doctors can refuse patients. I like being free to choose my car, my vocation, my religion, my food, and my home. I like that all Americans have those freedoms, even if they choose differently than me. It's precisely that freedom that makes our nation great. An entrepreneur is free to make or improve something, investors are free to fund it, and consumers are free to purchase it.

Our government is sliding down the slippery slope of oppressive power. Obama wants to tell us what to eat, what to drive, how to run our companies, and what medical treatments we may receive. Oh sure, we'll still have a "choice," but the taxes will be so crippling that it will "necessarily bankrupt" us. As history has shown us over and over, everybody's a loser in a tyrannical state. The Cubans aren't driving 50 year old cars and dying of malnutrition because they like it that way.

1 comment:

Headless Mom said...

Yeah, and so much for telling everyone everything (like that is even possible....) and being 'honest with the American People."

I know someone quite liberal that is now even questioning Obama now. Me? I hate to say "I told ya so" but if the shoe fits...

Yeah, there is nothing free about healthcare.