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Where I Think It’s Going

August 11th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

I suspect the health care debate will not end well.

Right now the big sticking point is the idea of a “single payer.” Opponents say ObamaCare is a trojan horse that will destroy private insurers and lead to single payer. Defenders of socialized medicine took a big hit with this video showing that their plan is a calculated lie to ease America into a single payer system (socialized medicine).

I fear that they will work out a system in which private insurance companies are guaranteed to survive — under government control. In other words, it will be a fascist arrangement: nominal private ownership dictated by the state. This is the direction America has been moving for decades.

The Democrats erred politically when they tried to create an outright system of universal health care on the Canadian and European model. With the White House and large majorities in the House and Senate, the Democrats got a bit too arrogant. They forgot that in America you have to set up a Rube Goldberg system in which private companies are regulated by the government.

Once they find the fascist cover, many Republicans will jump on board. We’ll end up with more government involvement in health care, when we desperately need less government and more freedom.

6 Comments so far ↓

  • TW

    Yes, I feel that once we have socialized medicine, there will be no going back. Just like in the case of the UK. Both parties are pro-socialized medicine. Once you have that large an entitlement, there will never be the political will to go back.

    Similar to how most everyone in Germany agrees their pension system is going bankrupt, and it can’t continue much longer, but no politician can get elected who would make the necessary changes.

  • madmax

    TW,

    I agree. Its as if we are on a highway and there are no exits. We are seemingly forced by inertia to go to our final destination. With the exception of a small group of pro-liberty advocates (Objectivists and some libertarians and conservatives) no one seems to know or care that our ultimate destination is “The Peoples Republic of America” (possibly the Christian Republic of America?). Objectivists like us are in the role of Cassandra of Troy. Hopefully we’ll have better luck than she did.

  • Jeff

    Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
    Like a Colossus; and we petty men
    Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
    To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
    Men at some time are masters of their fate:
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
    —Cassius in Julius Caesar

    The Republic is not yet gone. Over the past several months I have become more optimistic. It puts a smile on my face when I hear someone say, “This is not in the Constitution,” or, “You are trying to destroy the Republic.” Let us add depth, viz. ideas, to this honest sentiment.

  • Moataz

    I notice that there are very strong rants against insurance companies as well. Common ones I’ve heard are: “domestic enemy”, “profit seeking”, “evil corporations” It seems people think that health insurance is an entitlement and are more than happy to coerce them using force of government.

  • Benpercent

    I wouldn’t be so quick to call it. You know how Yaron Brook’s dream was to have Ayn Rand’s ideas circulating *everywhere* within the next decade and it happened within six months due to the financial crisis? The right ideas are getting noticed; we must make them take hold.

    Consider this: http://reasonpharm.blogspot.com/2009/08/so-what-cant-wait-exactly.html

    “Here’s something I didn’t know about HR 3200 until today: that the massive expansion in health insurance coverage sought by Democrats would not actually take effect until 2013 — after the next presidential election.”

    IF passed, it would not take effect for almost *four years*. An awful lot of activism can be done at that time, so even if it does get passed, we have a chance at making it so the public is not willing to accept its “fate”.

  • Myrhaf

    Benpercent, I hope you are right. I tend to be pessimistic because the Republicans are a joke, and there is really nothing standing between the Democrats and all-out fascism except their will and America’s tattering sense of life.