posted on Aug, 4 2009 @ 07:31 PM
I definitely think that people that have been unwittingly exposed to asbestos should REALLY have to pay a lot.
You know, I agree with this on a certain level. If you play, you pay...but it's just too gray. We accept ever-increasing intrusion into our PERSONAL
lives and before you know it, it's just accepted that you're not allowed to smoke, drink, eat meat, drive, watch tv, breathe outside, walk in your
city, fly on an airplane, enjoy a soft drink, swim with your kids, go outside when there's ice on the sidewalk, go to work....you know, anything that
could be construed as raising your risk of needing to have medical care.
Should an active alcoholic get his THIRD liver transplant on our dime? Last I checked, I wasn't even CLOSE to being omnipotent enough to pretend that
I am qualified to make that judgement. Do I have feelings about it? yeah. Would it make me angry? Probably. Would his kids appreciate having a couple
more months with their dad? Maybe so, maybe not. What price would a couple more days of life be worth to anyone?
It all sounds really impressive to puff my chest out and say, 'not on MY watch.' You degenerate smokers, drinkers, partiers, unintelligent, mentally
retarded and OLD people need to pay more because I'm so much more healthy than you and I make so much better decisions. When it comes time for me to
slip and fall on the ice, on my way to work, and suffer brain damage making me one of those that I despise, my guess would be that my tune would
change a little bit. I think I would all of the sudden become really tolerant, when it's MY ass on the line; when it's ME being told that I need to
pay more than I can afford; when it's ME being told that because I made a poor choice, my life isn't worth as much as somebody else's.
Because, you know, when it comes down to it, it seems to me that that's what your saying. If I have to pay more for insurance, I have less to spend
on food, clothing and shelter.
I hope to get really old someday. I hope that when and if I do, I can look forward to reaping the benefits of working my whole life to pay for OTHER
people medical bills.