I read about this story earlier today. I found the differences in reaction to it (Conservative vs. Liberal) very interesting. I listened to The Mark Levin show and read both Liberal and Conservative blogs that covered this story.
The woman was diagnosed with bone cancer that left her unable to work to pay her medical bills. She’s been holding yard sales to raise the money. A “neighbor” told on her and the city is shutting it down.
First, that “neighbor” is a douche. She has cancer for Christ’s sake. You can’t deal with the inconvenience of weekly yard sales? Try the inconvenience of a possibly terminal illness.
This is a perfect example of government intrusion. The woman doesn’t have the freedom to hold a yard sale on her own property. She has to beg the city government to “let” her hold yard sales. It’s another example of people losing their liberties.
She has to hold yard sales to pay for her treatment and bills? She has to sell her belongings to stay alive? What if she had nothing to sell? How would she be able to get her treatments? She probably wouldn’t. What is the point of having “the best doctors and treatments in the world” if you can’t access it?
Obviously, I had the Liberal reaction. While I do believe that city governments can go overboard with their power (i.e., permits, zoning laws, etc.), what disgusted me was the fact that this woman has to sell her possessions to stay alive. That is wrong on so many levels.
This is the perfect example of why I believe in single-payer health care. Call me a Socialist. I don’t care. People shouldn’t have to go bankrupt because they got sick. People shouldn’t have to go without life saving treatment because they can’t afford it. I don’t understand what is so bad about having our tax dollars go toward something that is so basic and so pro-life. We spend so much on wars and supporting the people in countries we blew up. There are Americans who are choosing between medications because they can’t afford all of them. I’m tired of that. Can’t we take care of our own first?
Capitalism will not cease to exist the day after a single-payer system is in place. Countries like Canada still operate under a free-market system. Hell, there are countries like Switzerland that have strong economies and universal health care. You don’t have to give up one to have the other.