Yes, to all of the people mourning the Supreme Court decision today: it’s true, your liberty has died. As someone who grew up under a universal health care system, I can tell you that it’s just complete tyranny. They forced you to go to the hospital! They forced you to take an ambulance! Even if you weren’t sick!
Actually, no such thing happened, of course. When we lived in Holland, we went to the doctor and got the same treatment for our problems as we do here, except that over there, we didn’t have to worry about the financial aspect of the situation. The people we know in Europe who get a serious illness only have to stress about the illness, which is bad enough in itself. They don’t also have to stress about going bankrupt.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’ve already mentioned all this in previous blogs, but it bears repeating, since people continue to tell fables about how in a single payer system, you will no longer have “freedom” when it comes to your health care. The only loss of freedom which I will freely acknowledge happens under a single payer system is that you may end up paying higher taxes. Speaking of which, I’m thinking of taking the train to the library tomorrow–yet more terrible impositions from my local government which I will have to suffer under.
On a small added note, I’m so glad I was wrong about how this decision went today. For once, my pessimism was proven incorrect. But I’m still feeling pessimistic about the election in Nov…hope I’m just as wrong about that one!