If health care is a responsibility, not a right, as John McCain said in the second debate, “why do we pay for the treatment of anyone who shows up at an emergency room door?” asked columnist John Young. “If it’s a responsibility, why call an ambulance when a beggar passes out, hits his head on a curb and goes into convulsions? We know he hasn’t a dime. If health care is his responsibility, isn’t it ours to walk away? Why doesn’t this happen? Because health care is a right. Only the politics of self-interest and self-delusion hold otherwise. The delusion is that we think we’re saving money within today’s system. In fact, we pay dearly for the health care of the uninsured, just not in ways that would spare those in need much suffering and would deliver us all from higher costs.”
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