Friday, October 19, 2007

Kelvin on the madness of socialized medicine


I often wonder if i am the only one who sees the madness of socialized medicine, whether on a limited or unlimited scale.

Have our rugged individualism muscles become so atrophied, that we are reduced to mewling, puking children that must perpetually suckle and nurse at the leathery teat of the nanny state?

Does no one realize that if government pays your health care, it can determine how much of it you get; where and from whom you get it; and what behavior you must engage or refrain from engaging?

Those who foot the bill for socialized medicine will clamor for more regulations to reduce their tax/premium burden. Those who consume socialized medicine will clamor for more benefits.

In the end, the producers will be reduced to a position of resentful penury cheering on the coming fascist state, just as the consumers cheer on the coming leviathan state that will take care of them from cradle to grave. The few intrepid rugged individualists will be left standing alone against the tidal wave of statism, merely waiting to be swept out to oblivion, leaving a society that is nasty, brutish and short.