|"Lamentation over the Death of the First-Born of Egypt" by Charles Sprague Pearce|
A short quiz. Two simple yes-or-no questions, which half of the readership will nevertheless fail.
Ready? Then let's begin.
1: Do you want to pay the health care costs for strangers? a: Yes. b: No.
2. Do you want health insurance for yourself? a: Yes. b: No.
You can almost hear the thunderous "No!" to 1. Particularly the day after House Republicans finally fulfilled their dream of scuttling Obamacare. Those victorious congressmen and the citizens they represent frequently recoil in indignant horror at the notion of paying for the health care of others. As former Congressman Joe Walsh succinctly put it in a tweet: "Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn't obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else's health care."
He's referring to talk show host Kimmel's on-air appeal for health care, using his newborn son's heart condition as an illustration.And Walsh is indeed correct — a rarity for him. The poignant plight of others does not obligate him or anybody else to pay for their health care. But you know what does? Possessing health insurance. Paying for the care of others is the definition of health insurance.
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