Who knows more about your family’s health needs? A politician? An employer? A government bureaucrat? The reality is nobody knows more about your situation than you do. With that in mind you should have the right to purchase health care and health insurance as you see fit. You should be free to provide for your health care needs without restrictions being placed on you by the government, or the threat of penalties hanging over your head.
Knowing your needs (not to be confused with wants), you have the capability, the opportunity, and the right to purchase health care. You also have the right not to make that purchase. Because you have a right to freely earn an income and spend it as it as you wish – to buy food, shelter, transportation, whatever else - means you have choice. Health care is a choice.
Health care is an expenditure. You can buy DVDs, TV’s, eat out often, purchase laptop computers, another car, a nicer home. You can buy health insurance in any number of packages - or not. The decision, the freedom, the right to purchase health insurance is no different than deciding to buy shelter, transportation, or any other life expense.
Health care is an individual responsibility. You should not have it in your head that your neighbors have to buy health insurance for you. That’s why it’s so frustrating when people opt out of their responsibility to themselves and/or their family. Too many people in this country don’t want to use their own assets to pay for their own health care. They want someone else to do it. It’s a matter of individual priorities, not a right.
Picking up on that ‘someone else should pay’ line of thinking are Democrats. Liberals like Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton have abused people with the notion that health care is a right, when it’s not. We need to get liberalism and socialist notions out of health care. We don’t need more government in health care, we need less. Less government intrusion will lead to lower costs and increased competition so that more people have the opportunity to be taken care of well, so that people are not left to fall through the cracks.
For those truly in need, we have Medicaid for the poor. We have the S-CHIP program for poor children, we have Medicare for the elderly. It is our moral obligation as a society to take care of people who otherwise cannot afford health care. But that doesn’t make it a right, and it definitely doesn’t mean buy things of privilege and expect your fellow citizens to pick up the tab for your health care.