I often comment on the obtuseness of society and nothing illustrates that obtuseness more thoroughly than the proposals and arguments for single payer healthcare.
I have yet to encounter – and I ask nearly everyone I meet who supports single payer about this – an advocate of single payer healthcare who is currently voluntarily picking up the tab for the health insurance of someone who cannot afford it. In fact the proponents of single payer almost unanimously are offended by the mere suggestion that if they truly cared about the uninsured they would be voluntarily writing checks every month in order to purchase health insurance for these people they claim to care so deeply for. That I have yet to encounter a single advocate of single payer willing to voluntarily live what they preach puts the lie to the entire scheme.
It is difficult to find another example of groupthink being as vapid and immoral as the single payer delusion. People who refuse to voluntarily carry the burdens of another are all for using force to require others to carry that burden for them. Think about it – there is nothing in the world preventing these people from sitting down each month and voluntarily writing a check in order to help their neighbor – yet they not only refuse to do that but they are almost to a man (or woman) offended by the very suggestion!
At the same time these very same people are willing to use force – government force at the point of a gun – to require you to involuntarily write that check each and every month.
Of such hypocrisy are civil wars made – yet the proponents are so inexplicably obtuse and consumed with their own self-righteousness that they are oblivious to both alternatives and consequences. All they apparently care about is that the groupthink makes them feel good about themselves.
I occasionally mention that I suspect the future of the United States is divorce – I further suspect that single payer is the moment that divorce is filed.