You've probably heard about the South Fulton Fire Department - the one that wouldn't put out a house fire because the homeowner hadn't paid his yearly $75.00 fire protection fee.
This thing is a great parable/metaphor for about a dozen different things, but let's hit some of the high points.
* Let's start by saying that most of us would've put out the fire if we owned a fire truck. We would have done it at no charge. Once. Maybe five or six times. But after that....
* People fear what would happen if libertarians got their way and more and more government services were privatized. (People wouldn't have access to government services if fees weren't paid, etc.) Well, that's already happening with government services, isn't it?
* Do you think that a lot of people who had not yet paid their $75.00 fee to the South Fulton Fire Department have now done so? In a hurry? Ya think?
* If the South Fulton Fire Department had put out this fire, do you think anyone in his right mind would have paid the $75.00 fee next year?
* If you were in the business of putting out fires for people who had paid a yearly $75.00 insurance policy, how many fires could you put out for no charge before you went bankrupt ? Would anyone ever pay your $75.00 insurance policy if they knew that you were always on call and willing to sacrifice your time, equipment, and/or life for no charge?
* And now the big one.... Once ObamaCare goes into effect, insurance companies won't be able to turn away people who haven't been paying insurance premiums. If you're willing to pay a (relatively) small fine up front, they have to take you as a customer and start paying all your medical bills. Will anyone in his right mind pay for insurance before he gets sick?
* I'm going into metaphor overload. Have a good day !