What’s in the water these people are drinking?

A very bright Marin professional told me she’s incredibly excited about the proposed Obama health care plan, because the government is certain to be more efficient than the market.  When I suggested that the market might be more efficient if we took away the thousands of regulations that impeded it, allowing it to function more cheaply, she brushed that off:  “The insurance companies are raking in the money.  The government should take over.”  This is what 30 years of anti-capitalistic, Marxist education has created.  People who think they can stay rich in a government run economy — because it’s not fair that others make money.

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  • Mike Devx

    I said in #21:
    And we take for granted how sophisticated our medical system has become, compared to then. For all our complaints about the current system, if you take a good look at what was available in the 50s, would anyone want to go back to that?

    Which prompted comments along the lines of, hey, the 50s were preferable in many ways.

    I agree. In saying, “would anyone want to go back to that?”, I was referring specifically to the quality of the medical system. I wanted only to make the point that our medical system today, for all of its faults, is an incredibly good one.

  • http://photoncourier.blogspot.com David Foster

    After they make the obvious response that health care is life-and-death but fashion is not an essential of survival, you can bring up the grocery industry.

  • SADIE

    Mike..you are correct that the level of skilled care has been elevated along with medical equipment – but, boy oh boy, do I miss my doctor who made house calls (he looked just like Hopalong Cassidy, too). He was like a cowboy that came to my rescue!

    Bill, add this one to your list.

    Last house call for me was 1973. RIP Dr. Millman and RIP House Calls.

  • Charles Martel

    The first adult Jew I ever had a chance to have a long chat with, outside of my mother’s best friend, Sylvia, was the woman doctor who came to my house to nurse me through a bad flu attack on Christmas day 1956.

    I asked her why she was missing Christmas with her family to be with me and she told me that in her religion Christmas was not a holiday. That led to a wonderful discussion of comparative religion between an 8-year-old Catholic and a 60-year old Jew.

    She had an accent, which my mother later told me was probably Eastern European, perhaps even Russian.

    Anyway, I have always been thankful to that lady on several counts: for seeing me on Christmas day; for talking to me in a wonderfully adult and skillful way; and for being a creature that God loved so much He helped her escape from a socialist hellhole.

    So, yes, Sadie, RIP house calls.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    The government will not decide who lives and dies. Which baby needs to be terminated or not.

    Without any due process whatsoever.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Correction. The government, without any due process whatsoever, will decide who is worth the cost of keeping alive. What decided whether you would die or not would not be the government. Oh, that would be the basic cost of living, genetics, or luck .The government is simply the bearer of bad news.

    Thus the Leftist based eugenics of exterminating blacks and other inferiors have gotten a much needed boost. Such is the difference the Democrat party and all the other parties who are actually loyal to the original American vision of a better humanity.

  • SADIE

    Almost, everyone came out of the woodwork on this thread.

    I am curious BW…did you have any idea that you asked such a loaded question?

  • Mike Devx

    Hoo-boy, Ymar, in #55 and #56 you’ve outlined the crux of a problem, for sure!

    Government-run health care will inevitably result in waiting lists, denials, or other such restrictions. And those restrictions will be CHOSEN by the government as well. How in the world are they going to choose.

    As Obama said, in reply to the brilliant question as to whether he would allow his wife or his children to be denied care under the national health care mandate, “No, I’d seek the best care possible for my wife or my children, of course.”

    You can be sure that those in power will ensure that *they*, and their friends and allies, do not suffer the same restrictions that the rest of us will. The special interest maneuvering on that alone will be very ugly indeed. The sordidness will be breathtaking to behold.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Sadie:

    In answer to your question, I have a miserable track record when it comes to predicting in advance whether something I write will take off or will start this kind of wonderful discussion. I had no idea you guys would roll with this the way you did. I’m awfully glad you did, though, especially since family commitments meant this was not a blogging day.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    I think what this means, Book, is that you don’t need Leftists on this blog to start comment storms. All you need is to quote them, verbatim, in your blog posts and it is just as good in challenging certain tendencies to circle dance ; )

  • suek