As for those uninsured Americans we keep hearing about, there is remarkably little interest in why they donâ€™t have insurance. It cannot be poverty, for the poor can automatically get Medicaid.
In fact, we already know that there are people with substantial incomes who choose to spend those incomes on other things, especially if they are young and in good health. If necessary, they can always go to a hospital emergency room and receive treatment there, whether or not they have insurance.
Here, the advocates of government-run medical care say that we all end up paying, one way or another, for the free medical care that hospitals are forced by law to provide in their emergency rooms. But unless you think that any situation you donâ€™t like is a reason to give politicians a blank check for â€œchange,â€ the relevant question becomes whether the alternative is either less expensive or of better quality. Nothing is cheaper just because part of the price is paid in higher taxes.
Such questions seldom get asked, much less answered. We are like someone being rushed by a used-car dealer to sign on the dotted line. But getting stuck with a car that is a lemon is nothing compared to signing away your right to decide what medical care you or your loved ones will get in life and death situations.
Blowback: Billy Beck has objections to Sowell’s reasoning.
Then, reader ML weighs in on top of that in email titled “Not Just Sowell” where he hits Limbaugh for short-handed reasoning:
I cringe when I hear people like Rush talk, as he did today, that there might be some need to cover people with pre-existing conditions by which he really means have myself and others make unlimited forced contributions to support people I do not know or care about. Let Sally Struthers make an appeal on their behalf. At least she would send me a picture; and she doesn’t use a gun.
And then there’s Levin who talks about the “greatest health care delivery system in the world,” where everyone gets medical attention. Well, it’s probably only the greatest in the world if we’re not allowed to talk about how things were 50 years ago when people didn’t have insurance and somehow managed to pay for doctors and hospitals themselves. (And pills too.) People who couldn’t pay went to “clinics.” They didn’t force the Levins of the world to pay for the doctor they would choose, and might otherwise be occupied when the Levins really need him.
And doctors should have the option to refuse to attend anyone they wish not to help. Top of the list should be lawyers and leftists.
I wrote back to ML:
I saw Beck’s comments on Sowell, but I think the context of Sowell is always freedom in the economic realm. He knows how screwed up things are now. He can’t reiterate that entire narrative with every 800-word column. In that column he’s answering some of the usual piffle used to justify this “universal” care monstrosity.
As for Rush, I haven’t been listening to him of late (since the election, really), so I don’t know what he was saying.
If one assumes that “covering pre-existing conditions” means paying for people who didn’t get their insurance in time to cover what is killing them I suppose that one way or another that’s going to happen. If that’s the worst that happens, then it could be taken as a victory over and against the full-on drive to nationalize the medical industry.
What I see happening is a redefinition of “health care” to mean “if you’re healthy, you’re covered; if you’re sick, get in line; if you die, that’s fine; if you’re old, don’t expect much at all.” This will be half of a eugenics program, half a political program to reassure the healthy that they have “complete coverage,” which will be true until they are sick.
Either way, the Left, like terrorists, only have to win once. Because once they get what they want it’s for “all time” (‘all time’ being defined as ‘from now until the barbarians sack Rome for the last time’). We have to win every day, over and over again, while still losing to the combine harvester already in place.
So, in that environment, who can think, much less express, only pure thoughts?
P.S. to that (not included in email back to ML): That’s going to get me a horsewhipping from Beck, but it won’t be the first one I’ve received this month.