>> Thursday, August 27, 2009
Let's say I have money and you have... a broken leg. It is kind and fair for me to donate money to you to fix that leg. But is it at all right for you to take the money from me IF I'm just a jerk and don't want to give it? No, because that's stealing. That being said, with the same situation, is it fair for your friends Mack and Jimmy to come take the money from me to fix the broken leg? Also, no. That's still stealing, but it's just The Mob doing it.
At what point does it become acceptable to take money from me to fix your leg if I don't want to give it to you? How many people have to decide that I should, in order for it to be "right"? At what point does it becomes acceptable for one group of people to decide to give another's property to someone else?
As much as you may wish to rationalize healthcare as a concept of everyone needing access to doctors or medicine if they get sick or injured, you cannot overlook the act of taking the money that would pay for these services.