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BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 06, 2014 5:00 AM

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Nothing’s free, so shut up

I keep hearing the same old things about ObamaCare. People seem to think that they have the right to free health care. No, you have the right to get a job and earn your place in society. Do I think the health-care system could use some adjustment? Sure. Just as freedom isn’t free, health care is also not free, and it never will be. The money has to come from somewhere.

One of the major failures of this policy is it forces young people to subsidize the older generation’s costs by paying for insurances that they will probably never actually use. If people these days think that $100 or even $200 a month for student health is far too expensive, well let’s just say that I would like to see a spreadsheet of their income and expenses for each month. I would be willing to bet there are luxury items in that list (eating at restaurants, numerous bar tabs, shopping trips, etc.).

The same situation to me is the vagrants in Iowa City asking for spare change while smoking cigarettes, at the same time claiming that they are broke. Smoking is an expensive habit to have and also costly on the health-care system.

Apparently a lack of money isn’t what you all suffer from; more often than not it is a lack of priorities and common sense. Remember, the people to the left and right of you owe you nothing. What do you owe yourself?

Nathan Fisher


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