Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Health care and taxes

In my previous post I said I didn't know what specifically bugged me about the judgement to take my daughter off the state's low income health care program and put her on her dad's medical "insurance" plan.

I finally figured out what bugs me about it. According to the magistrate's own statement, it is NOT ok to have people pay taxes that will benefit the general population, but it IS ok to mandate that they pay money to a profit-making share-holder business.

Whether money leaves the wallet in terms of taxes or premiums makes no difference to the wallet. What DOES make a difference is how much and what the person gets for it.

In the movie SiCKO the taxes people pay in other countries actually goes to benefit them directly with universal health care. They have already paid for the system with their taxes and so they don't have a bill to pay when they see a doctor, get medicine, have surgery, etc. So for them, they don't see taxes as evil.

In America however, private profit and personal accumulation is God and anything that promotes the general welfare is evil. What is not understood is that this puts our government in breach of contract with We the People.

There is NOTHING in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble of the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights that says profit-making is a right. In fact, the rhetoric of the "free market" is that businesses must compete for their profit and if a business fails, well, that's the market at work.

On the other hand, the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights all specify that EVERYONE has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness AND that NO ONE may abrogate those rights.

So, for this magistrate to function as an "activist judge" for private profit is to violate his oath as a civil servant and puts him in breach of contract with We the People.