The question regarding health care continues to be the same... is it a right or a privilege.
I came across a wonderful group on Facebook - 1 Million Strong Against Our Socialist Fire Departments.
Evidently, prior to the Chicago Fire, fire protection in most or all of the USA was not "socialized." Individuals paid monthly fees to private, for profit, fire companies to protect their homes. For your monthly fee, you got a badge that you placed in the window. If a fire started and the company responded, they would fight the fire if they saw the badge. If you didn't have the badge but your neighbor did, they would hose down the neighbor's house to keep the fire from spreading. If neither had a badge, they returned to their station and let the fire burn. After the Chicago fire, it was decided that there was a better way to protect people from fire and fire departments became "socialist."
I have to say that as I have watched the fires in the hills above Santa Barbara over the past year plus, I am glad for socialism.
Why is fire protection a responsibility of the government and health care is not? We all pay to make sure our neighbor's house doesn't burn down, but if they are suffering from illness, we turn away. Doesn't make sense to me.
Perhaps we need to resubmit Teddy Kennedy's 2007 bill that would have extended Medicare to all Americans?