The one whines about healthcare in the New York Slimes :
OUR nation is now engaged in a great debate about the future of health care in America. And over the past few weeks, much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices. What we haven’t heard are the voices of the millions upon millions of Americans who quietly struggle every day with a system that often works better for the health-insurance companies than it does for them.
These are people like Lori Hitchcock, whom I met in New Hampshire last week. Lori is currently self-employed and trying to start a business, but because she has hepatitis C, she cannot find an insurance company that will cover her.
Until such time as it can be shown that I infected Ms Hitchcock, her health concerns are simply not my problem. If the President happens to feel that Ms Hitchcock is entitled to healthcare which she evidently can not afford, then he should personally pay for her medical treatment and stop whining about Ms. Hitchcock’s plight in the pages of the Slimes.
The one, and I suppose Ms. Hitchcock, seem to think that other peoples’ money should be used to pay for her medical treatment. Well I happen to disagree. From where would the OPM for Ms Hitchcock’s medical come. It can not come from the government. For governments have not money save what they first take from the people who earned it.
Likewise, insurance companies don’t have money other than what they get from their insured. In reality, is the insured, and not the insurance companies, which fund insurance payments. Any company which sold insurance to Ms Hitchcock under Obama community rates and guaranteed coverage, would surely lose money. That money has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is the insured.
In true Obamaian spirit, you could tax the rich to pay for Ms Hitchcock’s medical care. Yet the rich has no obligation to pay for Ms. Hitchcock’s medical care, and if Obama gets his way, they won’t have the money anyhow.
No Obama prefered way to pay for Ms. Hitchcock’s healthcare to to tax the healthy. While Obama is willing to Ms. Hitchcock to buy subsidized insurance, we wants the healthy to pay for Ms. Hitchcock’s healthcare. Obama wants young healthy people who don’t need healthcare insurance to subsidize the medical treatment the Ms. Hitchcocks of the nation.
I tax on health would be regressive, imposed on the young at the stage of the lives when they earn the least money.
Hat tip, Steve Verdon, Out Side the Beltway .