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Universal Health Experiment Fails

June 28th, 2009 by Mike N · 7 Comments · Politics

Dr. Paul Hsieh wrote a great essay on how the Massachusetts experiment in Universal Health Care was wrong for Massachusetts and is still wrong for America. His essay by that title was printed in the Objective Standard and can be read on line here. On June 25th, Sandy Szwarc at JunkfoodScience reports a few more details on the disaster that is the Massachusetts plan and government provided health care in general by looking at the VA. This is the moral policy of government enforced altruism at its clearest and the epistemology of collective subjectivism.

When applied to medicine, the collectivist mentality doesn’t see real individual human beings. They only see groups and try to formulate one size fits all treatments for these groups. In my essay on mass preventive medicine I wrote:

“It is important here to understand how these collectivists think. By way of an analogy, collectivists see a barrel of 300 apples, (or 300 million people) and notice that 1 in 50 are bad. They see doctors treat each bad apple individually and return them to health. They see that the entire population has been improved. They wish to be as beneficial to mankind as those doctors are. But they seek a shortcut. Instead of treating individual apples to make them better, they look only at the whole population and dream of what it would be like to prevent those 6 apples from going bad. This would certainly be better for all of applekind wouldn’t it?

Studies are done and a ‘socially acceptable’ range of sizes and colors for healthy apples is politically established. All apples must conform to these new standards for their own good. There is only one problem with this behavior on the part of apple authorities. It ignores the nature of apples. According to this web site, there are about 7500 varieties of apples each having its own nature. It’s obvious that if any one-size-fits-all program of preventive medicine won’t work with apples, it sure as hell won’t work with humans. But this kind of thinking is what collectivists want to force or see forced on the public. Only this time the ‘public’ does mean every individual.

But the truth is they don’t care about those 6 apples, or the 294 others whose forced sacrifices are now required. The real ideal of the collectivists is sacrifice, the sacrifice of everyone to everyone all the time. And the tool that will help them achieve this goal is mass preventive medicine as permanent government policy.”

As Dr. Hsieh and Ms. Szwarc have shown, the Massachusetts experiment proves without a doubt that universal health care does not work and cannot work because it is based on false premises mainly, that someone’s good can be achieved by the forced sacrifices of others.

So if the Massachusetts failure is so obvious, why is Obama ignoring it and still insisting on implementing it nationally? Because whether it works or not is irrelevant. It does not matter to collectivists that people will not be helped in fact. It does not matter that people will be hurt. All that matters to a collectivist is that the ritual of sacrifice be performed. In his mind, good can only be achieved through sacrifice. There is no other way and no other way will be considered.

I heard that after the rule of FDR and Truman, Republicans regained power and one of their slogans was “Had enough?” We are about to get another dose of ‘enough’.

(For more info on the subject of universal health care I highly recommend the blog of FIRM, Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine.)

7 Comments so far ↓

  • Myrhaf

    “Had Enough?” would be a good sign at a Tea Party rally.

  • Mike N

    I like it too.

  • Joseph Kellard

    When Republicans regain power again, perhaps in two or four years, I hope that most Americans will have “had enough” with the right’s appeasement of the left and “me-too” strategies. When will the Republican’s hammer in the final nail in socialism’s coffin? Two to four years is probably too soon to expect any significant change, but I’m working toward that end.

  • L-C

    Look at (Northern) Europe. When one has an open history book detailing one’s own future, it would be foolish to ignore its lessons.

  • Jim May

    I don’t need to look at Europe, or Massachusetts (Or Tennessee). I’m from Canada.

    Many “experiments” are in, and the result is the same: the defect in each of the various socialized health care schemes is the same one: the government. The reason why socialized health care fails, is because it is socialized.

  • Mo

    my understanding is that Canada is starting to privatize some of its healthy industry

  • Jim May

    I’ve heard that, Mo, but not from any of my family so far (I live in the U.S. now). From what I’ve seen, it’s simply adaptations by brute necessity — e.g. first-line general practitioners are getting very rare, and walk-in clinics have sprung up to fill some of the gap.