Hooray! My letter to the editor on health care was published in the Rocky Mountain News today. (That’s Colorado’s second largest paper.) I was particularly happy with it, so I’m delighted that it was published.
Parents, not society, should care for kids
Diana Hsieh, Sedalia
Friday, June 13, 2008
Gov. Bill Ritter touted his health-care reforms as the “building blocks” of a larger plan when he signed them into law (“Ritter signs 11 ‘building blocks’ of health agenda,” June 4). That larger plan is socialized medicine.
The principle underlying these new laws is Karl Marx’s dictum, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Colorado taxpayers (the able) are now forced to fund expanded Medicaid benefits for children of less wealthy parents (the needy). Colorado health insurance buyers (the able) are now forced to fund a hearing aid benefit for children (the needy).
Colorado does not need more creeping socialism. Children are the sole responsibility of the parents who chose to bear them, not society as a whole. If unable to provide for them, parents should rely on voluntary charity, not forced welfare. If Ritter wants real reform, let him begin with those free-market principles.
The Rocky Mountain News allows comments — and already quite a few are posted. So feel free to add your own two cents.