Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Sum of One’s Obligations

Our country was founded by a bunch of dour Scot Calvinists.  There were other folks there, but the flavor was pretty well set.  Came here, set up, killed or ran off the old inhabitants, and then proceeded to work their asses off. 

That is what I want to talk about here.  The protestant work ethic and the amazingly unchristian way that it is used here in the USA.  I am speaking here of the health care system (or I prefer to refer to it, the health care market).  In good solid God-fearing America, the idea of health care being provided by the Government is a sign of abject failure.  Since the protestant work ethic says that if you work hard, God will provide for you, and if you don’t get what you want, then you either didn’t work hard enough of you don’t deserve it.  In other words, if you are poor and out of money and need medical care, you didn’t deserve it in the first place.

62% of all bankruptcies were medical related.

Now, when this kind of stuff happens in Kenya or Baluchistan, no one bats an eye.  These are poor countries and life is close to the edge there.  But I can’t think of another country in the top tier where this is allowed to happen.


Mayberry said...

I REFUSE to pay for someone else's health care. Or food. Or shelter. Or..... Not when I'm scratching to get by. Yet there it is, every paycheck. Medicare deductions, Socialist Security..... That is not what this country was founded upon. What it WAS founded upon was folks WILLINGLY giving of themselves, in a manner they saw fit. NOT being robbed at gunpoint by the very government that was supposed to protect us from this crap!!!!

Gather ye marbles said...

I agree with you on this. When I was growing up as a navy brat, health care for the whole family was 100% covered and I just feel it should be that way for everyone, and I'm willing to pay my share to help make it so. Most especially, we should collectively chip in to care for those who can't care for themselves, which may be any of us one day. The marketplace is inherently unsuited to this task: as profit-making interests, commercial health insurers will make every effort to cut loose those most in need because THAT'S THEIR JOB. A big topic but in brief: what we've got isn't working, look to the solutions other affluent nations have found.