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The second debate between Sens. Obama and McCain included the question of whether medical coverage was a right or not showed a distinct split in philosophies between the senators.
Sen. McCain answered that providing medical coverage was the responsibility of individuals... parents for their children and themselves... but went on to say that he would like a healthy tax credit [pun intended] to assist in the pursuit of that happiness.
Sen. Obama indicated it was a right. And the government [you] should provide it to those who can't or won't pay for it themselves [no test required for how income or other stipends are used]... but you don't have to take government coverage... you can keep your company's coverage.
My wife, who listens to Andrew Wilkow, went nearly ballistic tonight talking about that. Andrew asked if the government is going to pay for some, why would any company pay for any? Let the government pay for all.Then, if the government covers all, will it also decide how much is paid? It seems to me that if the government mandates free health coverage, it should mandate that universities give free medical educations for doctors-in-waiting to make up for the income those doctors will eventually have to forego that would have been used to pay off those hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans.
Universities will gladly provide that free education because it supports the general social philosophies of their faculties. Taxpayers will then fund everything... or maybe China will because they love to subsidize us.Now that we've all agreed that we all have a right to health care, it only makes sense that we have a right to food [which is far more basic], and a right to good designer clothing, and a right to a car that won't embarrass us. And we all agree that the government should provide it.
I think there was a model for that somewhere.