Originally Posted by jma08
Socialized medicine is not the same thing as communized medicine. JOC, why the socialist viewpoint if you are an arduous defender of communism?
Smoking is one of several lifestyle choices that negatively affects an individual's health. In short, smoking is a right. If smoking contradicts my 'right' to good health, then people who smoke around me are violating my assumed 'right'. Presupposed 'rights' that violate the rights of others are not constitutional rights. If health is a 'right', then do you think a ban against, or staunch limitation of smoking is acceptable in American society?
I believe that reforms are needed in the healthcare system of America. However, I do not believe that the system be eradicated to yield socialized medicine. In summary, with socialized medicine, we get:
~Decreases in quality treatment
~No further drug advancements to combat illnesses from the common cold to AIDS with literally everything in between from juvenile diabetes to rheumatoid arthritis.
*yawns* Wait what?
When did smoking get into this, but anyway. America is founded, from a certain point of view, on the right of each person to do whatever they want as long as what they do doesn't impede upon the rights of others. In that since smoking could be viewed as impeding the right of health to the people. Health being a right noted in the declaration of independence, the right of LIFE liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
However, what about the automobile? A lot these medical problems arising in America could be linked to the pollution emitted from automobile exhaust in our not so clean air; not to mention the coal and gas power plants.
And what about the food we eat sold in stores and restaurants. Filled with trans fats, and poisons, and large amounts of saturated fats and table sugars, these foods, taken over large amounts of time cause just as many problems as smoking and car exhaust. Should there legality be called into question like that of cigarettes? Well, as far as America is concerned, no, though I beg to differ.
It comes down to this. To do nothing about the health care system would be unethical. Our health care polices are made to assist the rich and deny the poor. Deforming health care into a privilege, one that only the wealthy, capitalist, Haves (as opposed to have not's), are able to acquire.
I know this doens't really answer any calls. But I'm having trouble expressing my views. A case of writers block. But give me time, and I'll find the words.