Why Americans Can’t Get Free Health Care

President Trump first caused a sensation by declaring that the Republican Party would soon be known as the party of health care, cancelling the less than perfect plan that Obama managed to set up. A few days later he announced that his ‘better’ plan, would probably not be announced until after the 2020 presidential election: talk about holding Americans hostage!

To understand why, it’s important to bear in mind how the US became the only developed country that denies its citizens government-backed health care. Believe it or not, it’s all about ‘liberty’. For the Pilgrims to be ‘free’ to worship God as they chose — Luther’s one-on-one relationship with Him — they had to be free from government interference. This notion eventually led to what is commonly referred to as ‘the separation of church and state’, embodied in the First Amendment to the US Constitution in 1791.

America’s founding principle of individual freedom is that people can do anything that does not violate the law or infringe on another individual’s rights. However, the War of Independence resulted in a severe economic crisis that fell hardest on soldiers returning to their land. Having been poorly or not at all paid for defending their country, they found their farms mired in debt; and when the fledgeling government failed to find adequate solutions, many rebelled. Shay’s Rebellion, after the name of their leader, was an early instance of class war before Marx wrote Das Capital’.