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Health Care vs Healthcare

This one is, for me, more a matter of semantics than anything else, and it has to do with the difference between "healthcare" (as an industry) and "health care" (as a personal state). Words have power, and the word gives meaning to the event, and its intent.

I agree that "health care" (as a personal state) is a right and that everyone should have access to it. But I disagree that "healthcare" (as an industry) should be a right. Taking the idea to an admitted extreme, if the industry is considered as something to which everyone should have access regardless of cost, then those who provide these services become, in a very real sense, conscripted laborers. Paid, perhaps, but conscripted nonetheless.

Here is an analogy that I can provide from my personal experience as an information technologies professional. "Hey, can you take a look at my computer? It's acting funny." The person who asked me this question had only just met me when she found out that I was an I.T. pro, but she had no problem presuming that I would be more than willing to look at her computer to fix a mysterious issue simply out of the generosity of my (coal black) heart. There was no discussion about my particular field of I.T. expertise, no discussion about payment for services rendered; only a vague request and an expectation that I would, and could, resolve the mysterious issue.

I don't have an answer as to how to make the cost of medical services lower. I have a few ideas that align with my personal political philosophy, but others have pointed out that there are flaws in those ideas, so I continue to consider the issue. "Health care" may be a right, but "healthcare" is not. In a free society, no one has the right to demand services from anyone else.


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