Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Editorial on health care is ‘nonsense’

    The “Our View” opinion of March 28 argues in support of U.S. Solicitor General Verrilli’s contention that the state must retain the right to coerce an employer to offer certain medical coverage, which the state deems beneficial to society. By doing so, the state and its bureaucrats privilege some coverage over others, thereby limiting the free choice of the central actors in such arrangements—the employee and the employer.
    It argues that without this coercion, “corporations would have the right to make medical decisions for employees.” Nonsense. Those who choose to utilize a birth-control mechanism, for example, would be in no way restricted from doing so. They merely would be required to pay for their chosen procedures, just as they pay for their tire rotations, lettuce and public transportation. “Our View” evidently prefers that others foot the bill for those procedures deemed worthy by the central bureaucratic planners.
    Underlying the viewpoint of the solicitor general and “Our View” is the assumption that there are those who know better than we do about our best interests. I reject that notion and the polls seem to indicate that many others feel quite the same way.
Martin B. Erdheim
Elkhorn and New York City

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