No to free health care

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I am dis­gusted by the whiny let­ter-writ­ers de­fend­ing free­loaders who want free health care. My fam­ily and I have paid for the best plans be­cause of our hard work and abil­ity to do so. Why should I sub­si­dize some­one else’s health plan who has no de­sire to work or the abil­ity to suc­ceed and rise to the level of ac­count­abil­ity in which they pay for their own? There is no other busi­ness model in our cap­i­tal­ist so­ci­ety (in­clud­ing other types of in­sur­ance) that de­mands the more af­flu­ent to put the mone­tary costs of oth­ers on their own backs.

My grand­fa­ther buys a new Mercedes ev­ery other year. Would it be fair to charge him triple the price so peo­ple who don’t want to work as hard can drive one as well? Should my fam­ily va­ca­tion be in Bran­son in­stead of Hawaii, but pay the same price so peo­ple with­out jobs can va­ca­tion as well? Of course not.

We own nu­mer­ous busi­nesses, and don’t of­fer health care to our em­ploy­ees. They are paid well enough to make their own de­ci­sions, not have the govern­ment shove it down their throats. What we do, and have found to be very ben­e­fi­cial, is of­fer sig­nif­i­cant (up to $1,000 an­nu­ally) bonuses to em­ploy­ees who take fewer than three sick days each year.

This coun­try has be­come a bunch of cry­ba­bies who want and feel en­ti­tled to some­thing for noth­ing. They can­not do it for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, but I think Tom Cot­ton and John Booz­man feel the same way. If given their druthers, I think they would just as soon the govern­ment get out of the health­care busi­ness al­to­gether. I agree. ASH­TON MILLER III

Hot Springs

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