So what exactly is your approach to this? Do those of lesser means simply die in the name of your “freedom”? What “freedom” do those who are sick have? Here are some selfish reasons to support universal healthcare, since that is apparently what you need.

  1. Sick people are generally not productive. They drain the economy. A healthy populace is good for the nation, and its economy as a whole and that benefits all of us, including you. Indeed, we already support public education because an educated populace is good for the nation as a whole. So is a healthy one.
  2. Sick people can be contagious. Unless treated they can spread a disease that makes you, or someone you do actually care about (other than yourself) ill. Preventing that from happening is good for you.
  3. Any number of illnesses, particularly mental ones, contribute to crime. Treating such illenesses prevents crime, crime that could impact you or someone you actually do care about (other than yourself). Chronic illness also contributes to poverty contributing to crime. Chronic pain contributes to drug abuse which contributes to crime. Dealing with these problems is good for all of us, including you.

I could of course try to advance the moral argument that what you call “freedom” is really just money and that it is a poor moral basis to callously argue against the healthcare of others. However, your arguments suggest you simply don’t care about that. It’s all about you, so I have attempted to make it about you.

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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