As individuals we rely upon one another, but we rely on ourselves as well.
We expect to earn our own keep, to make our own choices, to be self-reliant, to cherish common values that got us where we are as a nation, to elevate ourselves to the level of our talents, to realize our ambitions, to pay out of pocket for what we want, and to help each other when in need.
Our medical system is diverse not uniform, and its caregivers and receivers are heterogeneous not homogeneous. One size does not fit all.
We cannot be standardized.
Patients and doctors move to different drummers, and each is perfectly capable of making medically intelligent decisions.
We like elbow and head room to rise above the common herd.
Given that room, we believe one person raises the other up – to a higher level of personal, public, and national achievement.
We believe people should be able to speak their minds without being labeled as extremists or as politically incorrect.
These days Americans are not fond of the word "mandate," perhaps because it rhymes with "dictate" and perhaps because we are increasingly distrustful of Big Government.