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Healthcare is not a right. Neither is food, clothing, or shelter. None of those things are entitlements; none of those things are guaranteed by either the constitution or bill of rights.

But saying that it's a right for some and a privilege for others is a shining example of political foot-in-mouth disease.

The argument that half of the people who have health insurance available choose not to purchase it because it's more convenient for them is disingenuous: the people who refuse to purchase health insurance do it because it's unrealistically expensive and they can't afford it. If I had heath insurance available that was the same kind of coverage that I had while I was working at something like $25 a month, I'd be on that like white on rice. But the COBRA payment that I would have had to make to continue my health insurance was $450 a month, and that is quite simply unaffordable for me right now. It means that I had to change my medications to more affordable generics, and I can't do my regular scheduled checkups or lab work.

My car insurance is required if I want to continue driving. My house payment is required if I want to keep the house; likewise with the car payment. I make sure that my pets are fed. Everything else is something I can hold off. It may not be comfortable or fun, but it's necessary.

I realize that I am at risk for a catastrophic medical issue. I would rather not be. But to say that I am making a choice because of convenience pisses me off. It's NOT convenient.

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azul_ros
Mar. 5th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I had the same deal with the $450/mo. COBRA payment. OUCH! I wish that healthcare costs hadn't escalated so much. It seems absurd!
autodidactic
Mar. 5th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
just my two pennies
I don't believe anything is a right. Or a privilege. It's 99% luck that any of the things in your life right now are in your life. They are accidents of your choices, your birth, your education, your skin, your gender, your nationality, your ability to cognate, and those of the people and nation you are born to.

We could make it a right, but we choose not to. Life is considered a right, but we kill people in wars every day. We execute prisoners.

This guy is a world-class douche, and his name is stupid.
sageincave
Mar. 6th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
One day our government will realize that keeping their workforce healthy is the most important thing we need to to do to stay internationally competitive (well, maybe increasing science/math interest and scores, too).
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