Last night, before I completed packing for our vacation, I finished watching the last half or “Sicko” by Michael Moore. Wait, hold on. I know just the mention of that guy’s name on this blog will make some of you start praying for me. I appreciate that because I haven’t been too thrilled with the guy myself. And although I still don’t know what to think of him, I’m not here to talk about him, his methods, or too much about his movies.
Then why the intro?
I was interested in the story and topic of health care. I had actually heard good reviews of the film from people who’s movie recommendations I trust and I’m glad I did watch it. A few things jarred me, but not just about our health care system. I’m much less political than that.
The piece which interested me was about health care in France. I’ve always worried about health care in a different country. But that fear is completely unfounded, I know. The thing that struck me so hard is how the French culture thinks about its health care and medical system as a communal thing.
The idea is simple. Pay higher taxes to take care of someone else. Then, when you need help, the favor is returned in full. It’s basically what private insurance is supposed to do with your premiums, right? Except just for you.
Here’s the question I can’t stop thinking about. When did we, as Americans, make the shift from community-serving to self-serving? And secondarily, how do we get back to the former? When did the term “help yourself” change from an invitation into a command?
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