Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Debate Over Universal Health Care

The debate over universal health care in America highlights the ideological presuppositions of both the liberals and the conservatives: the liberals believe people are like dependent children, whereas the conservatives believe people are responsible adults. Being able to provide universal health care for every American is simply one aspect of the Left's great utopian fantasy. And like all great utopian fantasies, the Left's promotes the coming of a better world in which all people will share all things equally. But people's individual health care needs are far from equal: some people need very expensive health care treatments while other people—most people—do not. In America, the strong, the healthy, and the hard working already support the weak, the sick, and those who cannot—or will not—work. And I have no desire to see this already entrenched policy extended to include a new universal health care provision, because I simply can't afford it.

For every eight hour day that I work for minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour, I pay $8.78 in taxes. Does that seem fair or equal to you? When today's working poor have more than an hour's pay confiscated from them every day that they work now, what do you think will happen to them when some form of universal health care takes effect? Maybe I will have the "opportunity" to "contribute" two or three times the amount I already "contribute"? More plainly said, the federal government will simply begin to confiscate two or three times this amount from me.

The U. S. government has already confiscated some $28,680 in Social Security taxes from me in the thirty-two years that I've been working, and any form of universal health care that the Left would be in favor of will cost me at least as much as Social Security costs me now. You might say that I at least have a probability of collecting some of that Social Security money back, once I reach sixty-two years of age, but if you do the math, you will realize there is no way I can ever live long enough to collect anywhere near the amount that has been taken from me.

Since I have already "paid in" (i.e., had confiscated from me) some $28,680 in Social Security taxes, I can begin to collect that money back at the (projected) rate of $816 a month, once I reach the age of sixty-two, and this monthly amount will go up when I reach the ages of sixty-five ($1,146) and seventy ($1,436). The question is: How long can I really expect to live? In short, I will never live long enough to collect anything approaching the amount of $28,680. At best, I might get back one third of that amount. And the federal government is literally banking my money on the fact that I will never live long enough to collect my money back. This last statement reveals my own presuppositions: I'm a conservative because I believe the money I have earned over the years is my money, whereas the liberal believes the money I have earned over the years belongs to the federal government to do with as it pleases, especially when it comes to financing the Left's great utopian fantasy.

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