Chili, Health Care, and Statists

Obama chilliSome friends and I were heading home late one night recently and decided to stop for a bite at a local chili place which was still open. Despite the hour, there was a line out the door, and while waiting we met some young ladies who turned out to be med students.

The topic naturally turned to Obamacare, and one of our new friends asserted that, “It is really not going to change anything — you will still pay the same amount, but everyone will have access to it.” As I pressed her to defend her position, she concluded that, “If you are in medicine for profit, you are in it for the wrong reasons. You should do it to help people.”

That really bothered me.

Of course there is nothing wrong with benevolence and wanting to help people. Rather, what bothered me was the idea that people are entitled to each other’s work. The worst part is so many in our generation in good conscience believe this. Ron Paul explains the problem:

There is little point in a debate about being entitled to healthcare or food or shelter from fellow taxpayers if the whole system has collapsed. And, with the way our politicians have taken over and mismanaged vast amounts of resources, collapse seems almost unavoidable. Yet the number of Americans who have significant dependency on government is dangerously high, and I honestly fear for them.

What many don’t understand is that the dependency on the government may sound nice, but it will enchain us. We are already facing gigantic entitlement liabilities, and the national debt grows exponentially every year. The Fed keeps inflating our currency to pay for everything. Despite the claims of politicians and the statist med students alike, the answer is not more government.

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