Daily the debate continues about providing health care to all Americans.

Of course, we all would like free health care. I’d say put a free chicken in every pot, but the question becomes who we are going to take the chicken from to give to others?

Does one have the right to keep the fruits of one’s labor, or is the laborer only a pawn to be used by the state to provide for others as it sees fit? Seeing one’s life span isn’t infinite, how many hours should one have to labor for others before this free chicken in every pot becomes an unjust burden to the worker who providing for others?

There is no simple black and white answer to these questions, but daily I read letters demanding health care be subsidized by others and accusing those who disagree as being heartless and greedy. I don’t find this necessarily the case. I don’t have the answers but I do know this, we are fundamentally changing our democracy, and it will never be the same again. So be careful what you wish for; we may just get it.

John HopkinsManchester

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