There was another point brought up in discussing health care and that is that the paying people pay for the non-paying people. This seems quite lopsided to me. What other “business” (and is it even considered a business?) charges its paying customers, for what it’s non paying customers don’t pay? I suppose if one stops and really thinks about it, it may be all of them. The reason I say this is because when any business suffers loss due to non payment, does that affect the cost for everyone else? What about credit cards? When others don’t pay, are the ones who do pay charged for it? Is there any reprieve for the payers, the responsible ones? It seems in the new administration that “wants to spread the wealth around” (not his money, ours), and now wants to put new taxes on cigarettes which affects mostly the lower income sector, that there may be no reprieve for the people who pay, either high or low income. The answer for the new cigarette tax is for everyone to quit smoking, which is a good thing, but it also would deprive the government and essentially spoil its plan, but I’m sure our very resourceful government would find something else to tax…they always do. Some villages have a wheel tax…I always thought that was a strange tax.
As I said before, it seems to me that healthcare needs to fall into the category of a commodity like food, gas, and electricity, rather than the usual goods and services part of the economy. If so, should it be treated differently? Should it be regulated differently? Should it be regulated at all? I do remember a time when there wasn’t this big “crisis” in healthcare. There has been a shift in things. I can’t quite remember when it happened, but all of a sudden I think prices started rising and it became a concern. One thing that I’m sure affects the price of healthcare is the increase in litigation that has happened in the last 25 years. I don’t believe for a moment that all lawsuits are frivolous, but I do believe there are plenty that are. Because there is a constant drone of whininess in our nation, a larger than life sense of entitlement, a touchiness of character that is offended so easily, I think this has contributed to the mentality of litiginous opportunism that we see on the increase. The incoming administration seems to be opening the doors to an even greater feeding-at-the-trough mentality. And still, the responsible taxpayers will have to carry the burden. Personally, I think it’s time to get tough with freeloaders. But then, we might have to fire a lot of government workers…hmmm, that’s not such a bad idea…a shrinking government…I like the thought.