Sunday, August 23, 2009

Where It All Began

I was discussing the current healthcare debate with a relative while hiking in the beautiful Olympic Mountains this past week. He was asking how we even got to this point of considering universal health care. As we discussed that, we came to the conclusion that we started down this path by having our employers provide health insurance to the employees. With that, we have become dependent on someone else for our needs so it is an easier transition to consider shifting that now to the government. Would you ever consider a single payer system for auto insurance? Probably not but you might consider it if your employer provided you with auto insurance and you had little choice and no direct view of the expenses. If you lost your auto insurance when you lost your job, you might opt for this.

This should be a lesson to us all. When we give up our choices to someone else whether it be our employer or the government, we eventually will lose our freedom. It may all sound very attractive at first, but it will slowly erode our liberty. We should look at where this can lead us rather than what this will do for us now. We need to get back to more individual responsibility and accountability.

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