03 December 2007

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care

Some statements are just too obnoxious for to ignore. I found the following comment by Senator Clinton about health care while reading a George Will article on Real Clear Politics. I decided to Google it to make sure I could find it other places. That was easy. The tough part is picking my jaw up off the floor. Senator Clinton said:

“We can no longer tolerate the injustice of a system that shuts out nearly one in six Americans. Ultimately this is about who we are as a people and what we stand for. We can talk all we want about freedom and opportunity and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But what does all that mean to a mother or a father who can't take a sick child to the doctor?”
My ears ring with the brave new world slogan from the revamped Superman – defending "Truth, justice and all that stuff." How silly I am to think that the American way (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) could ever trump something like funded health care, or all that stuff.

To use Senator Clinton’s own words, I don’t think that the system can be, essentially, just or unjust. If something is just, it is honorable and fair. A system that is based on payment to gain services, as the health system is, really isn’t fair or honorable. It costs money. The parents who “can’t take a sick child to the doctor” should read that they cannot afford to take the child. Their money is tied up elsewhere. Hence, government mandated health care – paid for so the parents supposedly do not have to worry, at least about the money end of it.

Regardless of what some folks seem to push concerning “universal health care,” it will cost. That money must come from somewhere. If costs are paid by the government, that means they are really paid by taxpayers. This push then for “universal health care” is not a push for better health care. Rather it strives to establish equality of service. Our tax dollars will be the vehicle.

There is nothing in life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness that demands equality of health care for all. What “all that” – all that trivia at the beginning of the Declaration of Independence – means, what “all that” is the foundation for is something that Senator Clinton does not seem to understand.

Pair health care with life, and one might come up with the Hippocratic Oath. Pair health care up with the pursuit of happiness, and one might consider preventative health care as one of the primary means of living a long life. Pair health care up with liberty, and one would most certainly come up with choice, personal responsibility and little or no government interference.

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