One of the more thoughtful pieces on individualism v. community responsibility has been (electronically) penned by Sarah Dine at Health Affairs’ blog.
Ms. Dine does not just opine, but rather leavens her discourse with an objective presentation of facts. She observes that soon half of America’s health care dollars will be spent by governments
She notes, as I’ve reported here, that private insurers’ market share continues to shrink.
Dine does not propose any solution, but rather notes that the communitarian principles of the founding fathers have been jumbled up with American ‘rugged individualism’ to produce a profoundly confused composite.
I’m thinking that’s a big reason we Americans find health care reform such a divisive and difficult topic.