Originally posted by Melanerpes
The main problem involves people who aren't quite poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but where their employer doesn't offer healthcare insurance and they aren't rich enough to afford to buy their own insurance. One idea would be to expand Medicaid so that it would cover more people.
Another problem is that a lot of poor people don't like the idea tha r or not society should just let certain people "die and reduce the surplus population"
The first problem is definitely a problem. Yes, that's where healthcare reform is needed. I have no problem with expanding Medicaid, per se; though I'd like to know specifically where we're going to get the revenue.
The second problem, may be an issue, but frankly, I don't feel bad for those people at all. If you won't take what the government will give you because you're too proud; then that's your problem. Not mine. I had a brother in law like that. He was eligible for Family Health Plus (in NY) but didn't want to apply because he was too proud. I wanted to wring his neck and yell at him "How dare you sacrifice the interests of your family based on your pride!?" Fortunately, he got a job where his employer pays for his insurance, and so it's no longer an issue.
Re Par. 3: Yes, I know a guy like that. He thinks emergency rooms shouldn't treat people who weren't wearing their seatbelt in a car accident because letting them die facilitates natural selection. And, he's only partially kidding when he says that.
Some social services are necessary in a civilized society. I agree with that concept.