the idea that the passage of the healthcare bill is triumph of hope over fear is, of course, just empty propaganda.1
One aspect which is rarely mentioned is the fact that this bill will be partly financed by yet further tax increases, as Larry Kudlow points to here. Specifically, high income earners will see taxes on work related income rise by about 1 percentage point and by about 4 percentage points on capital income. Combined with other planned tax increases, this will imply a significant increase in marginal tax rates, something which will depress growth.2
Furthermore, for anyone to be “guaranteed” access to anything, he has to be forced to participate, both in receiving its “benefits” and in paying for them. Hence, “guaranteed universal access” means coercing not only taxpayers, but everyone as participants and contributors. All the weeping and wailing about the 37 million “uninsured” glosses over the fact that most of these uninsured have a made a rational decision that they don’t want to be “insured,” that they are willing to take the chance of paying market prices should health care become necessary. But they will not be permitted to remain free of the “benefits” of insurance; their participation will become compulsory. We will all become health draftees.
On the free market, the consumer is king or queen and the “providers” are always trying to make profits and gain customers by serving them well. But when government operates a service, the consumer is transmuted into a pain-in-the-neck, a “wasteful” user-up of scarce social resources. Whereas the free market is a peaceful cooperative place where everyone benefits and no one loses, when government supplies the product or service, every consumer is treated as using a resource only at the expense of his fellow men. The “public service” arena, and not the free market, is the dog-eat-dog jungle.3
One of the promises of Obamacare has been that it would reduce health care costs. The day after the House passed the Senate’s version of health care reform, this headline says “Health Care Companies Pull Stock Market Higher.” Clearly, money is being bet on health care costs increasing, putting more money, not less, into the health care sector.4
Dr. Oreschenkov: “Is it such a great achievement? What do you mean by ‘free’? The doctors don’t work without pay. It’s just that the patient doesn’t pay them, they’re paid out of the public budget. The public budget comes from these same patients. Treatment isn’t free, it’s just depersonalized. If the cost of it were left with the patient, he’d turn the ten rubles over and over in his hands. But when he really needed help he’d come to the doctor five times over. . . .
“Is it better the way it is now? You’d pay anything for careful and sympathetic attention from the doctor, but everywhere there’s a schedule, a quota the doctors have to meet; next! . . . And what do patients come for? For a certificate to be absent from work, for sick leave, for certification for invalids’ pensions: and the doctor’s job is to catch the frauds. Doctor and patient as enemies—is that medicine?”5
You have a right to your life, your liberty, working hard and keeping what you earn. People who believe they also have a “right” to a job, healthcare, welfare, etc. tend to overlook that in order to deliver such services, the government has to violate someone else’s rights.6
The medical system does need reforming — radical reforming. It’s more expensive than it ought to be, and powerful interests prosper at the expense of the rest of us. The status quo has little about it to be admired, and we shouldn’t tolerate it.
Thus, the American people should be fed up with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid for insulting our intelligence with their so-called heath-care reform. It is nothing of the sort. What they call progressive reform is little more than reinforcement of the exploitative system we suffer today.
Two myths must be shattered. First, the choice is not between this phony reform and the status quo. The “reform” merely puts makeup on the status quo. The free market is the real alternative.
Second, the free market couldn’t have created the medical mess because there has been no free market in medicine. For generations government has colluded with the medical profession and the insurance industry to force-feed us the system we have today.7
- Crispin Sartwell – March 22, 2010 [↩]
- Stefan Karlsson – The Growth Depressing Health Care Bill [↩]
- Murray Rothbard – The Health Plan’s Devilish Principles / Anmerkung: Dieser Artikel wurde schon 1994 geschrieben, ist aber heute so aktuell wie damals. [↩]
- Randall Holcombe – Obamacare Will Cut Costs? The Market Thinks Otherwise [↩]
- Auszug aus dem Kapitel “The Old Doctor” aus Alexander Solzhenitsyns semi-autobiographischem Roman “The Cancer Ward” (Alexander Solzhenitsyn war ein russischer Autor, dessen Roman “The Cancer Ward” 1967 zum ersten Mal veröffentlicht wurde und 1928 in der Sowjetunion verboten wurde.), zitiert in einem Artikel von Milton Friedman mit dem Titel A Way Out of Soviet-Style Health Care : Solzhenitsyn’s prophetic warning about the depersonalization of medicine. [↩]
- Ron Paul – Life, Liberty, Working Hard and Keeping What You Earn [↩]
- Sheldon Richman – Health Care Reform: We’re Being Fooled Again [↩]