Some of you may have come across this Facebook status in some form or another yesterday:
No one should die because they cannot afford health care. No one should go broke because they get sick, and no one should be tied to a job because of a pre-existing condition. If you agree, please post this as your status for the rest of the day.
How do freedom-lovers like us respond to that kind of statement? Surely none of us would want people to die simply because they lack wealth or had the bad luck of having a pre-existing condition.
John Thorlin at The New Madisonian offers a good answer (after the jump). I suggest that we respond with our own viral Facebook status. Anyone have any good suggestions?
Thorlin cites the “forgotten man,” the one who is forced (against his will) to provide welfare for each other.
What people who subscribe to that statement really believe is that “Someone should pay so that no one will die because they cannot afford healthcare.” That “someone” is the forgotten man Amity Shlaes spoke of — the person who is being forced to provide healthcare, whether it’s a doctor with a gun to his head or a productive citizen being targeted for more tax money.
Absolutely right. Besides the fact that the current reforms won’t actually improve the cost and quality of health care, the fact that it coerces others into providing welfare is a big no-no.Published in