At present, the United States has the unenviable distinction of being the only great industrial nation without health insurance.
Health insurance is like elementary education. To function properly, it must be universal, and to be universal, it must obligatory.
Certain interests which think they would be adversely affected by health insurance have made the specious plea that it is an un-American interference with liberty. According to the logic of those now shedding crocodile tears, we ought, in order to remain truly American and truly free, retain the precious liberties of our people to be illiterate, to suffer accidents without indemnification, as well as to be sick without indemnification.
It is by the compelling hand of the law that society secures liberation from the evils of crime, vice, ignorance, accidents, unemployment, invalidity, and disease.
Irving Fisher's article appeared in the 100th Anniversary issue. Subscribe to The Progressive for just $14.97 to get full and immediate access to our digital archive which includes this issue by clicking here.