This may have already been discussed somewhere but I haven't seen it. I was repainting my deck yesterday and thinking about political issues and the three that I seem to spend the most time on these days are Global Warming, Universal Health Care, and the War on Terrorism. My focus yesterday was on Universal Health Care and what it would mean to our privacy should it ever pass into reality.
Assuming it becomes reality, my problems and vices suddenly become the concern of everybody else and everybody else's problems and vices become my concern. What does this mean? This means more government control over our freedoms. Are we eating the right kinds of food, drinking too much alcohol, practicing risky sexual behavior, not wearing helmets on our motorcycles and bikes, should we ban smoking and chewing tobacco, and should we allow the government to screen our kids for mental health problems with or without parental consent?
I'm sure the supporters of Universal Health Care think it's important to control and regulate these behaviors for the good of all. I am not. It is clearly an invasion of my right to privacy, which is, after all, in the Constitution as found by the Supreme Court in their Roe v. Wade decision.