A little more on single payer –
Frederic Bastiat – “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”
Thomas Sowell – “It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer “universal health care.””
Common sense has left the building.
Of course the lesson from Bastiat and Sowell is that the proponents of single payer believe that someone else will carry the burden of the cost in much the same way that many of the same people are oblivious to the welfare state providing pennies to the poor and millions to the wealthy. The masses will suffer inferior healthcare and the wealthy will obtain exemplary healthcare. The government employees will receive exemplary healthcare simply due to their deciding who gets what and they will inevitably decide that they get the best themselves.
“If socialist understood economics they wouldn’t be socialist.” – Hayek
This is the well worn path to oblivion. Our culture is much like the fellow who smokes three packs a day and brags that he does not have lung cancer – yet. If we keep up with this nonsense – we will die as a country and a people and a culture. What we can hope for is that the idea of liberty and self-governance makes comeback in replacing this insanity when it does die of its’ own greed and insatiableness.
Inevitably someone will claim that I said that desiring healthcare is ‘greed.’ If healthcare was the actual topic they would be correct – but healthcare is not the topic. The topic is the lack of healthcare and the preponderance of desire to control and manipulate a system for the benefit of the few at ever increasing cost of the many.
Reject the insanity.