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Can’t Promote Freedom Abroad as it Disappears at Home

Michael3116 Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 1:39 PM
Universal medical care has nothing to do with economic freedom, in fact the opposite. When you prevent anybody including doctors from getting as much for their product as the market will bear and restrict competition you end up by reducing economic freedom. You can't enslave part of your populous and claim freedom.
mulbery Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 3:14 PM
Oh whoa whoa whoa...we're not taking about buying a Cadillac here, we're talking about helping a poor person who jsut got beat up in a dark alley for his hand warmer. Does he have no right to stitches and a couple of pain pills? Sorry, but I'll spend my tax money on that person because I'm compassionate. Please excuse me for being humane and not conservatvie.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 2:44 PM

Yeah, I can relate. At 62, I work full-time trading stocks, but there are lots of little pieces of time available during the session when things are quiet, and TH helps keep my fingers loose.
Whitebeard Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 2:38 PM
Radical: By the by, assuming you comprehend "reality," my services are outrageously underpriced. And I'm afraid I wouldn't make a very good investment banker, since I don't believe in stealing taxpayer money.
Whitebeard Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 2:27 PM
Eric: Let me just say that I have Residency training in 3 primary care specialties...and since I'm so old, after a rotating Internship. I'm semi-retired, now, which is why I have a little time to engage in posting, not just reading.
ericynot Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 2:20 PM

It's none of my business really, but do you mind if I ask what kind of medicine you practice? No agenda, just curiosity.
Whitebeard Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 2:20 PM
Flaming: Are they diverse...culturally, racially, economically? Are they rich in resources (e.g. countries with money growing in wells)? Are they about to go bankrupt...such as in Europe? What does "sponsored in part by the Cato Institute" mean, actually? Yes, I wonder a teensy little bit about why the American health care system should be based on a system that may have no relevance, whatsoever, to America? Don't you?
Whitebeard Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 2:14 PM
Radical: I hate to burst your bubble, but the Democrats who tried to claim such in the well of the House were laughed off the Republicans and Democrats, alike. You have no idea how many indirect costs are born by the private market to meet statutory/bureaucratic dictates. And the political bean counters don't want you to, either. Counting costs directly born by governments, come far short of counting all the costs. Wake up.
Whitebeard Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 2:04 PM
Radical: See my post of 1:52. The insurance companies lose some of their economic freedom when the Feds and States dictate Liberal talking points to them. It increases their costs...which they pass along to you. Furthermore, the bigger firms managed to lobby/corrupt state legislators to limit competition. Without government interference, health care costs would be, about, 12% to 13% of our economy. How bout you take a course in the consequences of Liberalism.
Whitebeard Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 1:52 PM
Michael: Thank you. I am a physician and don't believe that anyone has a "right" to my labor.

Radical: Before Medicare, 3 cents of every dollar spent on health care was for administrative costs. Thanks to Big Brother's intervention it is now 33 cents. And you want to spend another half Trillion on paper pushers and petty bureaucratic tyrants?
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