- The Washington Times - Friday, January 7, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

While both Democrats and Republicans square off to discuss health care reform and how every person should be insured, I think the solution is simple: Let people pay the consequences of their own actions.

My roommate works at the burn unit in Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Yesterday, a patient came into the ward with severe burns on the side of his face. The cause? He drank too much and fell on his car’s radiator. The doctors there had to perform an emergency skin graft to save his face. Who paid for this? You and me, the American taxpayers.

If someone chooses to smoke five packs of cigarettes a day, the burden of his health problems should not be placed on the shoulders of the public. If someone is fulfilling some wild fantasy and ends up injured somehow, that should not be something other people have to pay for.

I think it’s time that people relearn the most basic principle of karma - be ready to bear the consequences of your actions because you are responsible for your choices. If we stick to that simple mantra, perhaps a great many of our problems will be solved.

ANAND GANDHI

Chicago

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