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Coercive compassion doesn’t work

Universal health care is important to us all. That is what we used to have. Doctors donated one day a week to take care of the poor. Hospitals were run by religious organizations that never turned away a person who couldn’t pay. Charitable organizations made sure that the needy were cared for. Medical insurance was affordable for everyone who was employed. If any of this is surprising to younger voters, just ask any older doctor.

What has gone wrong? There is a modern, erroneous concept that government should replace private citizens as our source of compassion. But since politicians and bureaucrats produce nothing, all they can do is forcibly take money away from productive citizens and set up a lot of regulations and red tape about how that money can be spent. The result of this mess is that health care costs have skyrocketed, and real caring and compassion have been pushed aside and replaced with cold, calculating greed about who gets the money.

Coercive compassion is not moral; it is an oxymoron that doesn’t work. Hopefully, younger voters will soon learn this important lesson.

Bob Glassco

Vice Chairman, NCLP

Grass Valley

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