Sorry, I thought you were referring back to grandmother watching grandfather die.
Okay, here's my last post on the subject. We have two completely opposite views of what a government is supposed to do. My feeling is that what was laid out in the constitution is what we should have--the gov't protects people from one another, and leaves you alone to sink or swim on your own. Yes, this has changed over the years and through necessity government powers have broadened, but they've gone too far. There should be (in my mind) environmental laws, which were not forseen at the time the constitution was framed. This falls under protecting us from one another. It seems that you feel the government has a big box of rights, and gives them to us occasionally when it thinks we've been good boys and girls. The fathers of this country (Whoops! My political incorrectness is showing!) felt that the people had all the rights, and had to, by their consent, give up some of those rights on a piece-by-piece basis in order to get along. That is, we must be willing to give up the right to drink and drive, in order to maintain society. Seems that if such a thing didn't exist, all of us here today would vote in favor of such a thing, right? Anyhow, the important thing is that the rights flow from the people to the government, and not vice-versa. That is the gist of the 10th amendment, that you don't have to wait for the government to grant you permission to ride a motorcycle. It is your right until such time as legislators decide that it is pushing up insurance costs too much. Now, using my philosophy as a basis, I would point out that if I were riding a motorcycle with or without a helmet, or walking down the street, or sitting in my living room, and I got struck by a car, I would prefer that the government not get involved in the health care aspects. I don't think that's what the government is for. Vehicular laws should be used to punish the driver, and I could bring civil suit against him or his family, because he is responsible. Many people of a liberal bent feel that since we already have X laws on the books where the government provides money and services, X+1 laws is better, then X+2 laws, etc. Government payments for health care are a bad move, and using the that bad move as a foundation for more bad laws is...well...bad.