Those who complain the loudest about insurance being too expensive are those who are the least to use health insurance, and all they care about is premium not copays and deductables..
I guess it's time for human beings as a group to stop being so selfish and self-centered?
My partner and I have never bitc**d or complained about
having a nice chunk of our taxes go to supporting our school systems, despite only having 2 dogs and 2 cats. We love children and we see the value in supporting their educations.
They are our future, after all......and even when we are dead and gone, we know that this is a worthwhile and beautiful contribution to this glorious world we've been blessed to be a part of.
And so.......YES.........you young kids may not enjoy supporting the industry because you don't need it right now. But I've got some news for you, youth is fleeting and your dollars TODAY are supporting YOUR future self. Not just the people who are old and needy at the moment.
Healthy people paid in, too, before they were sick....and even if they have been sick a long time---we are each paying in for the possibilities of this for ourselves in the future. The young and healthy are not just us helping us old geezers (I use that term lightly as at 51 I feel like a kid still most of the time).
The bottom line is that while I love living in the present moment and strive to enhance my ability to do so, I also must bear in mind that the future is still worth investing in, too. That's what people need to do as communities.
Selfishness is only really a worthy pursuit if it's only you who exists. My 2 cents anyway (adjusted for inflation).
Edited to add signatureNo one wants to admit to this, but I've hit a point in my life where I've worked really hard and I've gotten nearly no where, and I've opted not to have children because I can't make the financial commitment, that's just one reason of many, but it's a conscious effort I've made and I personally don't feel like I should have to pay into anything that is related to raising children.. Not to sound like a horrible person, but if you can't afford it, don't have kids. I can't, I don't want to, and I didn't. Healthcare, on the other hand, no one opted for poor health, so it's a different situation. I do think everyone should have some form of assurance of their health, however, I do not want to pay a higher portion of my wages to take care of anyone. I want to own a home. I want to retire someday... I want the things the previous generations had for doing the same, or less, than I do... I don't think it's self-centered to want that for myself. I have given up having kids to attempt to achieve this goal, and I am still not confident I will get there. If I didn't pay nearly 40% of my wages to taxes, would it help? Surely it would. We, the single, the childless, and the unmarried need support, yet we are usually the most taken advantage of. We give and give, and nothing ever benefits us. If that's selfish, so be it. If I had more, I'd give it away, but I don't have much of anything and I want to get off this hamster wheel some day. Sorry if I think about
myself here and there.
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