Monday, June 29, 2009

A brief lesson for any whackjob libertarians reading this:

The data does not support your contention that a strictly private healthcare system is more efficient or cheaper than a public one. No, you will not even have to wait longer for a doctor's appointment.

I know, I know, that's not what you've been led to expect. Just read this.

Marvel at its reliance on actual data.

That sensation you're feeling? It's cognitive dissonance.

Sometimes, people come up with theoretical systems that seem very likely to work out, but those systems end up not working out as well as theorized. Right now might be a good time to reevaluate whether or not your system is as ideal in practice as it is in theory.

Take as long as you need.

When you're done with that, repeat after me:
A public health insurance option is not the same as a single-payer system.

A public health insurance option will create more competition, not less.
Sometimes a public project is more effective than a private industry.
Taxation is not equivalent to theft, slavery, or initiation of force.

Now get over yourselves.

On a slightly unrelated note, I read my President's speech about his plans for healthcare reform to the AMA, and I squeed a little. Yay for having a reasonable! person! in the White House.

Here's a link to the post that got my boxer-briefs all in a twist.

And here's a link to my craaaaaaaaazy suggestion that people who use the apparatus of society the most and draw the most benefit from said apparatus should be expected to contribute more to it.

2 comments:

  1. "When you're done with that, repeat after me:
    A public health insurance option is not the same as a single-payer system.
    A public health insurance option will create more competition, not less.
    Sometimes a public project is more effective than a private industry.
    Taxation is not equivalent to theft, slavery, or initiation of force."

    So, after I repeat your mantra, may I go put on my brown shirt and swastika? Why don't we just go ahead and have tax payer funded housing too? How about tax payer funded food for everyone while we are at it? It all relates to the health and well being of everyone right? Tax payer funded cars? Tax payer funded electricity and gas? Tax payer funded funerals? And on and on and on and on.

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  2. Since this post is old enough to automatically trigger my comment moderation, I have responded in a new post, which you can see here.

    But basically all I do is call you an idiot. Which you are. Cheers!

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