Libertarian paradise.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 @ 6:35 pm | Politics

Freedom!

A local neighborhood is furious after firefighters watched as an Obion County, Tennessee, home burned to the ground.

The homeowner, Gene Cranick, said he offered to pay whatever it would take for firefighters to put out the flames, but was told it was too late. They wouldn’t do anything to stop his house from burning. Each year, Obion County residents must pay $75 if they want fire protection from the city of South Fulton. But the Cranicks did not pay. The mayor said if homeowners don’t pay, they’re out of luck. This fire went on for hours because garden hoses just wouldn’t put it out. It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond. Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.

“I thought they’d come out and put it out, even if you hadn’t paid your $75, but I was wrong,” said Gene Cranick.

Because of that, not much is left of Cranick’s house. They called 911 several times, and initially the South Fulton Fire Department would not come. The Cranicks told 9-1-1 they would pay firefighters, whatever the cost, to stop the fire before it spread to their house. “When I called I told them that. My grandson had already called there and he thought that when I got here I could get something done, I couldn’t,” Paulette Cranick.

It was only when a neighbor’s field caught fire, a neighbor who had paid the county fire service fee, that the department responded. Gene Cranick asked the fire chief to make an exception and save his home, the chief wouldn’t. We asked him why. He wouldn’t talk to us and called police to have us escorted off the property. Police never came but firefighters quickly left the scene. Meanwhile, the Cranick home continued to burn.

We asked the mayor of South Fulton if the chief could have made an exception. “Anybody that’s not in the city of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer, either they accept it or they don’t,” Mayor David Crocker said.

See? Now we just apply that to Health Care Reform. Republicans claim they hate the individual mandate (hint: It’s a Republican idea, it’s Obama they hate, but anyway), and that somebody should be free to not have health care insurance. So shouldn’t doctors be able to watch you die, brushing you off? “Sorry, no insurance, no treatment!”

No, of course not. We won’t accept that, so letting people run around without health insurance is allowing fraud. Unless somebody says they’re willing to sign a lifetime “DO NOT TREAT” opt-out contract, they’ve got nothing to say about an individual mandate.

-hw

5 Responses to “Libertarian paradise.”

  1. Dana Says:

    Mr Whistler wrote:

    See? Now we just apply that to Health Care Reform. Republicans claim they hate the individual mandate (hint: It’s a Republican idea, it’s Obama they hate, but anyway), and that somebody should be free to not have health care insurance. So shouldn’t doctors be able to watch you die, brushing you off? “Sorry, no insurance, no treatment!”

    Yes, actually.

    Now, doctors won’t do that, which means that the proper option is that if someone gets sick and has no insurance, the doctors and hospitals ought to be able to seize all of his assets and garnish all of his wages, for as many years as it takes to pay the bill.

    Actually, I’d be willing to go for indentured servitude as well, but that’s probably asking too much.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Dang! I’ll take the modest tax penalty of the mandate over that.

  3. lil sis Says:

    I really wish conservatives would study some behavioral analysis in regards to punishment…

  4. Jldmeyer Says:

    So what should doctors do when, say, a five year old girl comes down with an inoperable brain tumor? Should they do whatever humanly possible despite the cost or stand and let her die like these firemen? There is no way on God’s green earth that anyone could afford 5 years of cancer treatment out of pocket or ever work long enough to pay it off so I guess that is money out of your pocket Dana! So, using your thoughtfulness…either let the child die or their parents start cleaning toilets at the hospital on the weekends? Sounds like you just put yourself onto one of those Death Panels! Say, I didn’t know you were an Obama supporter? And no, this isn’t a hypothetical. I can send you the address of her carepage if you would like to send her an email telling her to stop sucking dollars away from your health care.

  5. lil sis Says:

    When I worked at a city’s housing agency, one of our client’s was a single mom in her late 30’s because her husband had died. She ended up with really bad cancer she was fighting for several years. She was very sick and couldn’t work. She lost her health insurance. Ended up on public assistance…but they only want to imagine laziness and irresponsibility in “them,” the faceless mass of people Republicans love to wag their little, narcissistic fingers at. “Christian” right, my ass. God forbid you or your family ever come upon hard times, Dana. “proper option”…what a joke…