Thursday, June 15, 2006

An Insurance Epiphany

It recently occurred to me that, if you drive a car in America, you are required by law to have insurance for your car. If you don't pay upwards of $100-200/month for car insurance, you could end up in jail.

In itself, this seems strange—perhaps even a little fascist when you realize there are no alternatives like not-for-profit or government-subsidized insurance companies—but then consider this: in America, you are also not required by law to have health insurance.

I'm not sure if that says how much we value our cars and how much we wish to counterbalance the disasters they cause... or how little we value our bodies and how small our desire is to counterbalance the disasters they cause (to us).

Don't get me wrong—I'm not a raving Socialist or anything. It simply strikes me as odd that America legally requires its citizens to have insurance for their cars, but not for their bodies. No?

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