A Nation of Reluctant Busybodies

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  1. boedicca

    boedicca Uppity Water Nymph Supporting Member

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    Zombie has an excellent commentary on why so many of us are opposed to ObamaCare. We don't want to "reluctant busybodies" who are responsible for the destructive lifestyle choices that drive a great deal of health care costs.

    ...Not all ailments are equal.

    • Blame: the final taboo

    A built-in false assumption with the health-care debate is that sickness is always no-fault sickness. It’s never socially acceptable to assign blame for people’s medical problems — especially blame on the patient.

    But I’m not afraid to confess that I’m a judgmental person. And I’m pretty confident that most Americans who oppose socialized medicine share this same judgment: that some people are partly or entirely to blame for their unwellness.

    I’m perfectly willing to provide subsidized health care to people who are suffering due to no fault of their own. But in those cases — which, unfortunately, constitute perhaps a majority of all cases — where the unwellness is a consequence of the patient’s own misdeeds, bad habits, or stupid choices, I feel a deep-seated resentment that the rest of us should pick up the tab to fix medical problems that never should have happened in the first place.

    I’m speaking specifically of medical problems caused by:

    • Obesity
    • Cigarette smoking
    • Alcohol abuse
    • Reckless behavior
    • Criminal activity
    • Unprotected promiscuous sex
    • Use of illicit drugs
    • Cultural traditions
    • Bad diets

    Now, I really don’t care if you overeat, smoke like a chimney, hump like a bunny or forget to lock the safety mechanism on your pistol as you jam it in your waistband. Fine by me. And as a laissez-faire social-libertarian live-and-let-live kind of person, I would never under normal circumstances condemn anyone for any of the behaviors listed above. That is: Until the bill for your stupidity shows up in my mailbox. Then suddenly, I’m forced to care about what you do, because I’m being forced to pay for the consequences.

    • Reluctant busybodies

    What I don’t like about the very concept of universal health care is that it compels me to become my brother’s keeper and insert myself into the moral decisions of his life. I’d rather grant each person maximum freedom. I’d prefer to let people make whatever choices they want, however stupid or dangerous I may deem those choices to be. Just so long as you take responsibility for your actions, and you reap the consequences and pay for them yourself — hey, be as foolish or hedonistic or selfish or thoughtless as you like. Not my business....

    Zombie Why America Hates Universal Health Care: The Real Reason

    If this bill does get fully implemented, expect a great deal of new legislation which will eliminate our freedom of choice to have a soda or a candy bar once in awhile because others are unable to exert any self discipline.

    A gray and joyless world awaits us.

    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010

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