Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Burning Indifference

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the family in Tennessee whose house caught fire and the local fire department stood and watched the place burn down because the owner had not paid the $75 annual fee to the fire department. What’s next? Ambulance services refusing to take patients to the hospital until they run their credit card?

Well, that’s not too far out for the likes of Glenn Beck. He thinks that paying for fire protection at the risk of losing everything is something we’ll have to get used to.

This is the kind of stuff that’s going to have to happen, we are going to have to have these kinds of things.

Wrong. There are some basics in this world that are not up for debate, and protection of life and property by the people charged with doing that is one of them.

When the question about universal coverage came up during the healthcare debate earlier this year, people like Glenn Beck said that everyone in America can get healthcare; all they have to do is go to an emergency room and they’ll get treated, even if they can’t pay. So how is what happened to the Cranick family any different?