Why Should I Trust Power-Hungry Strangers To Make Choices For My Kids?

I’d give a lot to have written this, but the author did a better job than I would have.  Please read it, and pass it on via Twitter, Facebook and so forth if you agree.  If you don’t agree — at least please think about it a little.  Thanks.


6 thoughts on “Why Should I Trust Power-Hungry Strangers To Make Choices For My Kids?

  1. Dolphinius

    Google “straw man argument” — it’s how you “debate” this issue. I never said private insurance was a bad thing or that helmets are a poor investment. You’ve just ignored everything I said and responded with nonsense. I believe in choice and I think that people should be allowed to decide what services they provide. To call taking away that right “choice” is incoherent and dishonest, especially when service is already widely available for free.

    1. Bill Post author

      1. The question was rhetorical. It was not an argument. I feel no need to argue the issue.

      2. We will have to agree to disagree. I gave up debating in sophomore year.

  2. Dolphinius

    No, not really. People that engage in more risky behavior tend to pay higher premiums as the same in their group. Unless you’re also riding a Harley, you won’t be paying for riders that don’t use helmets. It’s a moot point anyways, since no one’s forcing you to ride a Harley or to buy insurance for it. You seem to be confused as to what insurance is (amongst other things). Welfare for “unwanted” children is not insurance.

    Insurance is for catastrophic emergency conditions such as severe illnesses and serious car accidents. It’s not for everyday expenses. Insurance reduces the risk but raises the average cost for the individual. Everyday purchases where the risk is minimal or non-existent would only have their costs raised without any gain to the individual. Everyday purchases, like say, CONTRACEPTION. Which, by the way, is already available for free at women’s health clinics around the country.

    How in the world do you manage to convince yourself that this is a good idea?

    1. Bill Post author

      Oh, so you don’t think it’s economically advisable to spend a few bucks on a helmet to avoid that catastrophic event?

  3. Dolphinius

    Right, because anything you or your family uses, others should be forced to pay for. That’s CHOICE! Well, not for those others, but you guys gets CHOICE! Now you don’t have to go all the way to a women’s health clinic to get contraceptives for free, people with serious moral disagreements are forced to provide them against their will as well. Forcing people to provide services against their will — YAY FOR CHOICE!

    1. Bill Post author

      Any time anyone uses any service that’s covered by insurance, everyone else pays for it. Folks want to ride their Harleys without helmets — I pay for it. Folks don’t want to wear their seatbelts — I pay for it. Folks have unwanted kids who end up in trouble or being cared for by the state — I pay for it. Folks have complications from pregnancies that could have been avoided — I pay for it. You can’t have it both ways.

      Oh yeah…YAY FOR CHOICE!


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