Let me put Esj long posts to rest here with some good old fashioned truth. First let me say I am not rich and have never reached middle class status. My late husband was a maintenance man in an insurance company. we raised 4 children on under $40,000 max year. That was the highest income we ever had. We could not afford to send the kids to college, so none of them went. Because of my age, 76 years old, I have seen the pattern of what happens to society under various circumstances, from to the great depression to today. From WW 2, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. This is what I learned. Human nature will always take the easiest route to any goal. Not the best one but the easiest. An example is a bad high carb processed food diet is easier than a healthy low carb diet. Along the way some people wise up. That is what we diabetics on this site are doing. We are wising up because we have a challenge. Our health is threatened.
Now Esj, bless his soul, is for the poor people and against the rich. That would seem admirable,
however, way more very poor people are so poor because they are irresponsible. He wants to take from the rich and give to the poor in this case, health care. Now there are poor people who, like myself, grew up in the depression and during WW2, and have become responsible because we faced a challenge. We had no choice so we disciplined ourselves because our survival required it. This generation created the wealth of the 50's 60's… Now fast forward to today. The irresponsible poor today are given more and more to become irresponsible with and Esj's plan would give them eve more …This does not help the irresponsible poor and it causes their numbers to grow because of human nature. It always takes the easy road unless challenged as we were in the depression. Health care is the subject here. The irresponsible poor gain as they get free health care. They pay nothing. The responsible poor who are struggling to raise them selves up, like myself and many on this board, have to pay the bill for the irresponsible poor.
It is on our backs the burden is placed. We may have no choice but to join the irresponsible poor
because we have to survive. Responsibility needs to be rewarded not driven down. Nick has it right. Responsibility pays off in better health and less cost. Not every poor person is irresponsible.
Some because of their misfortune at birth etc need to be cared for. I want to care for them with
generosity and dignity. The growing irresponsible poor are robbing the truly needy as well.
There is only so much of the medical care pie available. We need to share it in a responsible way.
That is the last I will have to say on this matter.
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