Universal health care and democracy

From the book Sick, by Jonathan Cohn:

To its critics on the political right, universal health care is an imposition on liberty that weakens individual initiative. But this is the classic bait-and-switch of modern conservatism – to make us forget that in a democracy, the government is merely an expression of our will and resources as a community. Universal health care is really about finding collective strength in our individual vulnerabilities – about helping a family member, a neighbor, or a fellow citizen because, next time, any one of us could be the person who needs help. It isn’t about them. It is about us.