Those Libertarians. They get me every time with their “small government” thinking. They say things that seem to sort of, kind of, make sense.
For example, a lot of people who are leaning Libertarian are asking, “If I’m a single man, why should I have to buy health insurance that covers pregnancy and childbirth?”
Seems like a good question at first glance, right? I mean, why in the world should old single Uncle Gus have to pay into the fund that covers these services he will never, ever use?
What if we had an insurance plan that let people like old Uncle Gus opt out of paying for those baby things? Would that be good?
Well. See, it occurs to me that I will never, under any circumstances, ever get prostate cancer. Can I opt out of paying for that coverage?
Also, I don’t smoke. I’ve never smoked. I want a plan that allows me to not pay for lung cancer coverage.
I’m not into drugs. I refuse to pay for rehab for people addicted to opioids. OK, sure. So I have had more than one close relative and many friends who have had to deal with this. Still. I don’t use. My kids don’t use. Why should I have to pay for that treatment?
Oh, and did I mention that there is no diabetes in my family? I am a careful eater. I have low blood sugar. Why should I have to pay for people with diabetes?
And let’s just for a moment step away from health care, and look at other taxes. Shall we, Rand Paul?
If I don’t own a car, should I really have to pay the taxes that keep the roads paved and plowed? I say, no.
I also live in a town with well water. Why should I pay for clean water for other people in my state? Why should I pay to clean up EPA superfund sites, if I am not sitting on one?
So. I’ll tell you why. I’ll tell you why my tax dollars should pay to support my local schools even though my kids are all grown up. I’ll tell you why some of my tax money should go to pay for meal on wheels for my elderly neighbors. And why I should pay for prostate cancer and why you should pay for pregnancy, childbirth and early education.
Because we are a society. We are not hundreds of millions of isolated individuals.
I almost never take the train, but I don’t object to supporting Amtrak. Maybe one day I’ll want to take the train to San Francisco.
Or maybe I won’t but YOU will. You are part of my community. And I want to live in a healthy community. I deserve to live in a community that meets the needs of its members.
And, honey, that means that we ALL chip in to provide the best life for ALL of us.
I will never, ever, ever have testicular cancer. But I don’t mind paying for your treatment, if it helps to keep you alive.