Civilisation is surely marked by a country that provides a reasonable level of public services? Eg the odd library, art gallery, museum, sports centre?
If you want those you must pay for them yourself.
Education? Unemployment benefit? Affordable housing? A state pension?
No, you should work for all those too. With any luck you will drop dead trying to pay your taxes and fund your life.
Which may or may not include health care.
The big one
Let me be frank. Even more than normal.
I have no time for insurance-based health care. The concept of insurance companies making money out of ill people leaves me, well, sick.
Restrictions on care. Only this service or that. And only three appointments a month. Some time I spent on American forums left me cringing at the limitations on their care. Brits moan about access to cancer drugs, I read about an American woman dying of lung cancer struggling to get any drugs.
No-one, but no-one, should be entitled to make money out of someone’s ill health.
‘Hey roughseas, broke your ankle? Tough shit. Give me ten grand.’ Or whatever.
‘Want a smear? Need one every year mind.’ (And no you do NOT). ‘Oh, but not on this plan.’
‘Mental health appointments? Not included on your plan sweetheart.’
‘No more cancer drugs for you darling, drop dead sooner rather than later.’
With the exception of the first hypothetical scenario, the others are true. And a little internet research shows that my accident would be minimum twenty odd thousand dollars. And then physio?
My internet friends tell me that the concept of universal health care isn’t popular. Why should you pay for my broken ankle? Why should I pay for your kids’ education?
A communal society means we all put in and don’t necessarily take out. Sometimes we do. Maybe disproportionately to our contribution.
But there is something there to help us all. Whether it is affordable housing, unemployment benefits, free education, free parks, libraries, museums, sports centres, and free health care. If you are lucky, maybe a state pension.
The reason for this post however is, a judgement made by the American Supreme Court. Called SCOTUS. A bit like their president is called POTUS. Why do they need to add US on the end?
Anyway, the crux is, because America has the most stupid health care system in the world, some bleaty-arsed firm has objected to providing certain contraception as part of its employee health insurance programme on religious grounds because it is tantamount to abortion.
And the supreme court, upheld the case. Crazy crazy crazy.
Because, if the employer, providing insurance-based health care, doesn’t agree with something on religious grounds, they can default.
Many others have made the arguments about refusing blood transfusions, vaccinations, transplants, using pig derivatives, anything that might be contrary to religious beliefs may follow next.
Or will they?
This is nothing more than a despicable, disgraceful, disgusting attack on women’s rights.
Is there one good reason why a woman shouldn’t use contraception? Oh yes, of course.
Her role in society is to drop kids, left, right and centre and wear herself out and die early in the process.
Who has the right to mandate what a woman should do with her body?
Because, I’m up for mandating what men should do with theirs.
You keep your hands off my body. I’ll leave yours alone. Assuming I even want it. Unlikely.