I recently posted this on an email discussion list for a Constitutional Law class I am taking. The class, needless to say, is dominated by liberal Democrats, and we were debating (though I don’t quite know whether I can dignify it with that word) Michael Moore’s Sicko, and the problems with the American health care system; some in the class are calling for socialized medicine and universal health care.
The following was my response to a man who said that Republicans hate children:
No; it’s not that Republicans hate children . . .
The problem, rather, is those who can’t keep their damn legs closed, and expect the rest of the country to bear the brunt of the burden they have placed on society (and their children) by their own immoral, irresponsible sexual behavior.
The root to any health care crisis we have is moral at its root. Economic means cannot and will not resolve it; at most, it will be mere window dressing.
Unfortunately, it’s ultimately the child who suffers from the irresponsibilities of his parents; so, what are we to do? I do not believe that socialized medicine is the solution. The troubles with that solution have been meticulously documented. I’m not so sure what the answer is, but here’s what I think a “comprehensive solution” should entail:
- Make it a crime to have more than one child our of wedlock; as a punitive measure, any man or woman who has their second child out of wedlock must undergo compulsory sterilization. (Perhaps the wealthy can be given the option of paying a heft fine instead . . .)
- Castrate all rapists, and punitively sterilize repeat prison offenders who have shown by their criminal conduct that they cannot be trusted to handle the demands of parenthood.
[If any of the above manage to turn their lives around after their sterlization, and still wish to have children, they can adopt.]
- The government can provide various incentives (tax breaks, etc.) to doctors, nurses, and hospitals to provide pro bono medical work for those who would die without it.
- Exclude from any and all government aid those who are personally responsible for their sicknesses. Habitual smokers, for instance, should be automatically disqualified from receiving government aid for health care.
- Pass laws making which would beef-up compulsory education in medical ethics for those who would practice medicine in this country. Educate doctors on why they have a moral obligation not to turn away a patient who would die without their services. Students who will not conform with these ethical standards should be disqualified from practicing medicine.
Just for starters . . .
Yes, I realize the pros and cons to what I’ve written above, especially nos. 1 and 2, but I do believe these proposals need to at least be “brought to the table” and should be dialogued upon.
Let the mud-slinging begin . . . !