There is a very special period of time at night where my cats allow me to actually get some writing done. I’m in between a lap theft and what appears to be Artemis flipping out all over the bedroom. She is unhappy that she has located places in the room she cannot climb; it’s adorable when I’m awake, not so much when I’m trying to sleep at 7 in the morning.
The big talk in the US, at least for those of us not trying to win 600 million dollars, is the Supreme Court hearing on the Healthcare Law. This entire discussion is quite odd to me. You can be drafted, imprisoned against your will, killed without trial, and taxed. All of these things are forced, if you try to evade any of them you will either end up in prison, or eventually dead. Neither of these is optimal.
You are also required to have car insurance if you wish to drive, in a country literally designed to be driven in. You are not certain to get into a car accident, the odds are quite high, but they are not certain.
You will, however, get sick. This will happen; there is absolutely no chance that it will not. The rationale behind car insurance is that the only way to afford paying for any singular accident is by having lots of pay in. Since not everyone is getting into accidents you can use the money raised by the whole to help the others. It’s personal security, you know in an accident that you are highly likely to be taken care of because it is the law to have insurance and thusly whoever hits you (or whoever you hit) will be covered.
This is, as most people would notice, socialism but it is ok because it involves large sums of money going towards corporations. I won’t get too smug on the issue, but all arguments against health care mandates can just as easily be used against car insurance mandates.
Health insurance is far more important, it is not unprecedented, the government already forces people to do things, and there already is a forced insurance law (it may be state-to-state). This is not something new.
I will admit that the law is flawed and in some ways it is incredibly stupid. The single-payer option made way more sense, and this final law that was passed was entirely the result of obstructionism and lobbying. However it will likely lead to better healthcare laws in the future.
This is probably the true source of the propaganda against it. There is a perceived profit to be gained from leaving people sick, and at the personal level there is ignorance to the cost of illness at the national level, we already pay for every person who gets sick in this country. Very literally we pay; the country loses an enormous amount of money from uninsured people getting sick and from lost work hours to preventable illnesses.
There’s more to it and I’m probably missing quite a bit myself. But if we value life we should spend more towards life than we do towards death.