Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Flip Side of Health Care Being a Right.

Here is Ron Paul talking to Aaron Task at the Yahoo Tech Ticker about the current health care legislation that is before the congress.

Now, let's take a step back and assume that the majority of Democrats are correct in their belief that health care is a right... what could this mean if we inverse the idea?

Without a doubt, the first thing that comes to my mind, is that someone must preform a medical treatment, in order to fulfill your right to receive it. Since it is your 'right' to get treatment, someone, somewhere, effectively becomes your slave; who has been coerced into doing something that they may or may not have done in the first place. Granted, there are people out there that do this sort of thing for free (say, Doctors Without Borders), yet, I get the feeling that there isn't enough altruism to go around.

It is unfortunate that the masses of people are attempting to tell doctors (who are certainly in the higher 1/2 of the intelligence spectrum) how to run their practices, who they can (or can't) treat, what medicines to use, and how much their time is worth.

Think about it.

3 comments:

Mark said...

I think most doctors are actually in favor of national healthcare because doctors hate insurance companies as much as most people do. Doctors have to hire people just to deal with and manage all the insurance company paper work and bs.

If anything our country needs national healthcare to compete with every single other industrialized country that has it. Australia fund theirs with 1% of the overall taxes.

Might GM have stayed more competitive if they didn't have the burden of billions in healthcare expense to the extent that it cost per car more for healthcare than the actual metal in the car? Possibly.

Anonymous said...

Mark
“Might GM have stayed more competitive if they didn't have the burden of billions in healthcare expense to the extent that it cost per car more for healthcare than the actual metal in the car?”
It was mafia like tactics of unions not health care that destroyed GM. Add to that, Unions killed Airlines, Schools, currently bankrupting virtually all the states and local municipalities oh yea health care. Heatlh care is a quasi government industry.
What would happen if individual had to pay for their own procedures, checkups and medicines? You know they would demand better prices be more judicious with how their money was spent not the money of some third party like the government or insurance company. If you directly pay for services and not some third party don’t you think the person paying would think twice before visiting the doctor for a cold and antibiotics … but under your solution who cares someone else is paying….hmm I thought so. Don’t you think customer service with health care would dramatically improve .....of course.
“If anything our country needs national healthcare to compete with every single other industrialized country that has it. Australia fund theirs with 1% of the overall taxes”

We are not Australia,Germany, Sweden simply because we don’t have the same demographics. LESS THAN HALF OF OUR HIGHSCHOOL POPULATION GRADUATES. Do you really think we can pay just 1% for health care?

Anonymous said...

Mark

Sorry but capitalism brings down costs and improves quality.

Look at technology or any industry with NO GOVERNMENT control. It’s simple… look at Lasik eye surgery that is not covered by government hand outs or insurance. What happened , prices went down and quality with more advance techniques dramatically improved.

Our current administration is lead by an individual that has never worked a day in the private sector. A life of free education, housing and government jobs with pensions and medical benefits for life will make it impossible to understand how markets work for the benefit for ALL PEOPLE.