Chelsea Clinton rarely speaks in public or to the media at all. However, she recently made some remarks to female college students, quoted by the Stamford Daily. I want you to pay very close attention to what she said about her mother's health care plans . . .
“[My mother] and Senator [John] Edwards are committed to universal healthcare,” she said. “Senator [Barack] Obama [D-Ill.] is committed to what we call ‘virtual’ universal healthcare which would make it an option for people to buy into the system. What my mother argues is that if you don’t mandate that everyone have healthcare, the healthy people may not buy into the system, which means that the average cost of insuring people is a lot higher.”
Thank you, Chelsea. In that little quote, you sounded a klaxon warning to those of us who don't like Big Brother or Big Mother Government "mandating" our lives. If you don't "mandate" that everyone have health care, healthy people might not buy into the system." Considering the lousy quality of most government-mandated systems, I wouldn't want to buy into socialized medicine either. The point is, I have the right to determine my own health care, and it's none of the government's business.
Most hospitals have assistance available for those who can't afford care. In fact, my own hospital just offered to enroll me in an assistance program to pay my own bills from last September. I have chosen to forgo that, preferring to pay over time. The hospital will work with me, for which I am thankful.
The long and short of it is, I don't need to nurse at the mammary glands of the Illinois or national capitals. I want them to stay out of my business. Period. Government ends up mucking up everything it touches. America was founded on self-reliance, and benevolence is the realm of churches and other generous individuals who care about aiding the needy. Government under the concept of our Founding Fathers was never intended to be a nanny state, and neither did they desire an entire generation of people dependent on state largesse.