Walter Williams has a couple of solid articles about Free Health Care and Socialism in general. This article on the (lack of a) car insurance crisis is an amusing read as well. Although critics of my last blurb on free health care would have you believe that I am heartless, soulless, and greedy, Williams strikes a chord with me when he says, “Reaching into one’s own pocket to assist his fellow man is noble and worthy of praise. Reaching into another person’s pocket to assist one’s fellow man is despicable and worthy of condemnation.”
I’m not averse to charity. I am in favor of charity, and give with a glad heart. I have been blessed, and my Christian faith lights a fire in me to give back from that blessing. It’s not that I don’t want to enrich and enable those who have fallen on hard times, it’s that I don’t think the government is the proper venue for it. It’s that programs like this focus on symptoms, and perpetuate them. Poverty is not caused by a lack of money. A lack of health care isn’t the problem, it’s the lack of means to get health care that’s the problem. This breaks down into employability and affordability. Reforms are needed to make health care more affordable – government CAN accomplish this. Assistance is needed to prepare people to find employment that will either provide health care or pay enough that they can afford health care. Private charities can accomplish this far better than monolithic government programs.
Williams mentions corporate handouts as wrong in the same vein, and I agree fully with him. Taking money from one group and handing it to another is immoral, and often degenerates into buying votes (BOTH parties do this, sadly). If you have such a burden for the plight of certain people in certain circumstances, open up your wallet and give. I’ll do the same.