Didn’t you hate when you’d ask for something and your parents would tell you, “money doesn’t grow on trees”? I’m betting as parents yourself, you’ve used that line any number of times with your own kids. My daughters will also tell you one of my favorite mantras is, “nothing in life is really free”.
Don’t get me wrong, I love getting free things. Who doesn’t? Even Oprah Winfrey (who has a bezillion dollars) loves to get things for free. But what I’ve tried to teach my kids is somebody has to pay for everything and in reality, the bottom line is, the person who thinks they’re getting something for free is usually the one paying for it.
I have to admit, I have not (and don’t plan to) read all the lengthy (and undoubtedly legal jargon-filled) proposals for a national health care system (before I finish this post anyway). At the very least it would give me a headache which would then increase my own health care costs. Tylenol for the headache, a visit to the optometrist for eye strain, maybe a trip to a chiropractor for an adjustment from the neck strain of pouring over said proposals. Surely you get the picture.
Instead, lets stick to something simpler, that even my kids can understand. FREE PIZZA! Nothing we love better than going to Papa Johns or Punch Pizza and not having to pay any money for that piping hot pie with pepperoni (for the kids) or goat cheese and arugula (for me). Trust me, if a coupon comes my way, I WILL use it. But my girls will tell you just because the garlic dipping or wood burning delight didn’t require we shell out any cash, someone paid for it. When was the last time food suppliers were giving out ingredients for free? I doubt the employees volunteered to make our dinner for free. Our “free” supper was part of the marketing budget, which is ultimately figured into the price of the pizzas we do shell actual dollars out for, which means in reality, WE paid for our “free” pizza. Now how to get this back to health care? Continue reading