Why are Health Misfortunes Different from Others?

Those of us who oppose the government’s take-over of the health care system are often labeled as cold-hearted, lacking sympathy for those who have health problems that are hereditary or otherwise not the patient’s fault.

I do have sympathy – and empathy – for people in those situations, as we have encountered that in my family. But why are health misfortunes different from others? What if my house is struck by lightening and burns to the ground. Do I have a fundamental right to make you pay for rebuilding it? Should you be forced to buy me a new car if the wind blows my car off the road and totals it? Do I have the fundamental right to make you pay for all the expensive food I want to eat if I lose my job? That’s the equivalent of forcing you to pay for treating all the health care misfortunes I have, no matter the cost, even if I could pay the bill myself if I made it a priority instead of, say, cable TV.

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