Quote: Originally Posted by #juan
Societal norms??? Ever seen G.F. Strong hospital? Their large parking lot is usually full
of motorcycles. I think it could be said that these turkeys are using the medical system to
bludgeon the rest of us. The high cost of their surgeries and rehab treatment is made even
higher because few of these people pay any medicare premiums. My wife and I pay around
$180.00 per month and we don't drive a bloody motor bike. If you can't afford to pay medical
premiums you shouldn't ride a motorcycle.
$197.15 a month here.......but that is private medical insurance, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the debate......
The problem is that socialized medicine can (and is) used as an excuse for ever-increasing government intervention in our lives: first motorcycle helmet laws, then seat belt laws, then bicycle helmets, then helmets for skiing, then laws against salt, trans-fats, unhealthy snacks, then sugar, then the private possession of firearms, then fast cars, and motorcycles themselves.......and don't laugh, I have seen medical costs used as an argument for government regulation for ALL the above.
One wonders how long it will be before the gov't is forcing us to take part in morning calisthenics, a la Orwell's 1984
. After all, it would radically lower medical expenses.....
Personally, I don't think the gov't has any legitimate role in personal risk assessment.