Universal Health Care, Pro and Con

Despite the propaganda, people in countries with wholly or partly public heathcare systems (i.e. just about everyone but the USA) are happier and healthier.

They live longer, their medical quality of life is better, more of their babies survive, they don’t tend to go bankrupt over medical expenses.

The arguments stacked against that?

  • Fear of the bogeyman word ‘socialism’ (are federal highways ‘socialist’?),
  • that we can’t give the government too much power (but it’s okay to let them have the military?),
  • that government bureaucrats will get between patient and doctor (private bureaucrats unaccountable to anyone but shareholders are better how?), and paradoxically
  • that there will be no way for efficient private business to compete in the same sphere as inefficient government ones (FedEx and UPS will be devastated to learn that)…
  • Most of all appeals to a short-sighted, devil take the hindmost ideology of greed that impoverishes everyone in the community lest anyone get anything free.

Can’t we be better than this?


~ by B.T. Murtagh on July 28, 2009.

One Response to “Universal Health Care, Pro and Con”

  1. Check out Bob Altemeyer’s book, The Authoritarians, which is available as a free PDF from the University of Manitoba. Then ask your question again. 😦

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