Please take a look at the tax code and implementing regulations. We tax some to benefit others every day in every way. That is the nature of a tax system and it is the way our society has chosen to organize itself. I recognize that there is a hearty band of Ayn Rand adherents and anti-guvmint people about, especially on the internet, but society as a whole has never accepted their nostrums and isn't about to now. I, as a homeowner, benefit from income tax breaks- meaning others are taxed more to benefit me. The rationale, whether one accepts it or not, has always been that home ownership is a benefit to society in many ways and should be encouraged.In the same way, most countries have decided that a healthy society and (in my mind of equal importance) one in which millions of people do not worry each day about the potential for financial ruin if they become ill and/or lose their jobs, is a core value worth pursuing.Another poster here raises the old specter of the welfare queen. We can live in fear that someone, maybe many, will rip off the system or we can bite that bullet and go for the system that makes more sense.Some folks need to get out more. Visit some of these places where there is a national health system in place and ask people whether they want to trade for our system. People will complain about the faults of their care system (and there are many), but you won't find many who are willing to give it up for the costs and uncertainties of ours.I was around for the debate over Medicare and have heard much of this before. "Socialized medicine" was going to be the ruin of us all, doctors would leave in droves, etc. As it turned out, doctors have done well by Medicare. Beneficiaries will fight any effort to eliminate Medicare.Just went to my nephew's medical school graduation. The graduates seem to expect that national health will come, sooner rather than later. Still, there are thousands of applicants for a few hundred seats- I guess they haven't gotten the memo!
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