First of all I’m from Canada, so here we obviously have “free” universal healthcare, as paid by the Government via taxes. My question or argument is this.
If the state makes health its responsibility by taking on the mantle of universal healthcare, does it not in a way also take proxy ownership of the body? What I mean by this is just as infrastructure, city hall, parliament etc are state property because public money paid for them, could one not argue that the body is also state property?
Were this true it would imply that to damage a body is a crime against the state( ie murder, which is charged as crime against the state and not a civil form of litigation). In turn it would follow that harming your OWN body is a crime against the state.
What I imply from this string of assumptions is, in a country paying for health care, is willful self destruction through poor health, substance abuse and laziness not the equivalent of graffito-tagging, arson or murder in terms of culpability?