July 15, 2009

On Healthcare
From the Wall Street Journal

The idea that every life is infinitely precious and therefore everyone deserves the same kind of optimal medical care is a fine religious sentiment and moral ideal. As political and economic policy, it is vainglorious delusion. Rich and educated people not only receive better goods and services in all areas of life than do poor and uneducated people, they also tend to take better care of themselves and their possessions, which in turn leads to better health. The first requirement for better health care for all is not equal health care for everyone but educational and economic advancement for everyone.

Our national conversation about curbing the cost of health care is crippled by the vocabulary in which we conduct it. We must stop talking about "health care" as if it were some kind of collective public service, like fire protection, provided equally to everyone who needs it. No government can provide the same high quality body repair services to everyone. Not all doctors are equally good physicians, and not all sick persons are equally good patients.

If we persevere in our quixotic quest for a fetishized medical equality we will sacrifice personal freedom as its price. We will become the voluntary slaves of a "compassionate" government that will provide the same low quality health care to everyone.

Henry David Thoreau famously remarked, "If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life." Thoreau feared a single, unarmed man approaching him with such a passion in his heart. Too many people now embrace the coercive apparatus of the modern state professing the same design.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Indian health care's victims
From the AP via Hotair

On some reservations, the oft-quoted refrain is "don't get sick after June," when the federal dollars run out. It's a sick joke, and a sad one, because it's sometimes true, especially on the poorest reservations where residents cannot afford health insurance. Officials say they have about half of what they need to operate, and patients know they must be dying or about to lose a limb to get serious care.

A walk through Goverment Healthcare from our neighbors to the north.
(NO not Minnesota, Canada)
PJTVs Steven Crowder Investigates Why CanadaCare Sucks...Will ObamaCare Be Any Better?
The push for Universal Healthcare has nothing to do with health but has everything to do with "social justice". The concept that government has the obligation to ensure that we are equal in every way. The only way to ensure that however is to bring down the many to raise up the few.

Healthcare is the holy grail of socialist policy that has been pushed since the Wilson Administration. Along with controlling energy, healthcare is the vital link in the progressive program to ensure that the state and not the people are the center of power. Welcome to our Dystopia.

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