Haves and Halves

As a published historian, Justin Ruhge knows the difference between fact and opinion.

Opinion: When the government gets involved, everything is screwed up.

Fact: Before the government got involved with ACA, at least 40,000 were dying needlessly each year in this country.

Opinion: Health insurance is a choice, like getting travel insurance.

Fact: Without health insurance that accesses health care, thousands have died needlessly.

Opinion: There is a dictatorship of the American people.

Fact: Public opinion has been changed, so that the majority of the American people, like the people in most other developed nations, has come to see that health care is a right, not a privilege or a choice.

Why do we need to have the government involved for health? It is simple, Mr Ruhge: It is the government’s constitutional responsibility to protect our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Health is a huge part of that, and the people have spoken, in that health care is now seen by most of us to be our right. The private market and for-profit health system did not protect us and our rights. That is fact, not opinion.

I am sorry you are sad about being in the minority on this. Also it is sad to see a historian who cannot grasp the broad trajectory of history on this matter.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Biggest Storm Since 1/9 Approaching Santa Barbara

The storm system brings increased threat of flash floods and debris flows.

Jack Johnson Tours Montecito Disaster Area Ahead of Benefit Concert

Jack and Kim Johnson met with Bucket Brigade leaders to see the destruction firsthand.

Iron Chef Caused State Street Pedestrian Death

Famous Chef Larry Forgione charged with misdemeanor for driving into Gilbert Ramirez on February 24.

Lavagnino’s Sudden Victory

5th District supervisor a shoo-in as filing window closes; Gregg Hart also unopposed for 2nd District.

One Half of Old Town Streets to Get Sidewalks

Walkways planned for one side of Goleta neighborhood streets; parking, lighting talks at community meeting March 22.