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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • There's no evidence that universal health care is a good thing; indeed, there is more hard evidence against it than for it, as it tends to screw an economy, hurt jobs, decrease the average quality of care, and thereby lower the overall national "well being."

    In any given economic activity there is an inverse relationship between efficiency and "fairness." This is something that is repeatedly misunderstood and it causes fundamental problems when people try to discuss these issues. Failing to recognize thi

    • Both "communistic" (however it's practiced) and "laissez-faire" (however it's practiced) economies tend to have serious problems.

      But I am not arguing for an extreme. It's a given that the U.S. has socialized medicine today, to some extent; so to say that others do and the U.S. doesn't is to say the U.S. doesn't go all the way. It's the author I was criticizing that was arguing for an extreme.

      I essentially agree with much of what you say, though I think I would come down more on the side of laissez-faire and you would come down more on the side of communistic. I don't prefer "sucks to be you," but I do want government-supplied health care to be limited to those who are truly in need, and whenever possible, for it to be limited in time for those who are only in temporary need. That is, I want it to be a true safety net, not the norm.

      If you want to truly appreciate the "efficiency" of not having universal healthcare then you're going to have to tell the homeless mother to lie on the street and die because you won't pay for her and her children's antibiotics for the pneumonia they picked up while sleeping under a bridge.

      We can come up with rhetorical devices all day on both sides, but the bottom line is that we should have practical solutions that don't significantly lower the overall well-being of society in order to help a minority (such as, IMO, Oregon's defeated universal health care likely would have done).