One of the bigger threats to the individual, ranking right up there with “gun control”, is a government monopoly on health care. In addition to failing my Jews in the Attic Test we get situations like this:
Leslie Burke had asked the court to rule that he, not a doctor, is best placed to decide whether his life should be prolonged by medical intervention.
He is now in his forties and has known since he was a teenager that he has a progressive condition which is very likely to mean that he will need artificial feeding and hydration – known as ANH.
What worried Mr Burke was the possibility that doctors could make a decision to withdraw ANH on the assumption that his quality of life as a disabled person was too low to merit prolonging it.
The government allocates a budget for “health services” and ends up making decisions on “greatest good for the greatest number”. The individual doesn’t get that much of a say in things–unless they have the right connections. It doesn’t matter if you, or your relatives and friends, are willing to spend some large sum of money (had the government not taken it from you) on your health care. The government is able to decide that temporarily saving the lives of 20 drug addicts is more important that saving your highly productive life and they use the money they took from you by force to do it. In addition since “someone else” is paying for it or “it’s free” people don’t have the incentive to take care of themselves. It’s just a really, really bad idea. Don’t let it happen here.