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Public Health Care is the Root of All Tyranny - Part Deux
Submitted by Lance on Thu, 2008-10-30 20:26
One of my very first blog entries on SOLO was Public Health Care Is the Root of All Tyranny. Yesterday the Greens essentially vindicated the views expressed in that entry with this press release:
The Green Party’s strategy has a raft of initiatives to promote people’s health that include:
Free annual wellness checks for all New Zealanders and extensive checks at key life stages
The problem with any public health care system is that they do not want you to use it! You cannot ask for a public health care system and not expect the state to suddenly take an interest in your lifestyle when they notice the bill.
I can see this coming a mile off. It occurs in 3-4 stages thusly:
Inform - "People aren't educated about the problem, so let's spend X million dollars educating them." (Anti-smoking ads for instance or any health 'awareness' campaigns)
Incentivise - "People now know about the problem but aren't doing anything, so let's spend X million dollars providing incentives for them." (The proposed fund for home insulation for instance)
Penalise - "The ingrates aren't responding to the incentives and some target demographics are still uneducated, so let's tax them and pour that money back into more education and incentive programs." (Alcohol and tobacco tax for instance)
Prohibit - "That's it! Enough! You're costing us too much, since you won't voluntarily cease such behaviour we have no choice but to BAN IT!" (In some cases they won't even bother with the first 3 steps or if the last step is profitable enough won't reach the 4th)
In a free market health care system, if you want to lead a particular lifestyle - say one with little exercise and loads of booze, cigarettes and fatty food, you can choose to do so, just be aware that you will likely be paying a higher premium on your health insurance. If you can't afford the premiums, don't choose that lifestyle, or choose to go uninsured at your own risk. The fundamental difference is that the insurance company doesn't get to threaten you with criminal charges if you choose to lead an unhealthy lifestyle that they don't approve of.
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