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Re: a dumb query? pls humor me

On  7 Mar, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 06, 2007 at 08:55:56PM -0800, Paul Johnson wrote:
>> Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
>> > Iraq also does not have a functioning economy.  Now, you might
>> > argue that providing National healthcare is simply getting them
>> > addicted to it.  Which I think is true.  However, I think that in
>> > this case it is the right thing to do.
>> Probably because, you know, nearly everyone in a society needs
>> healthcare and pays taxes, so national healthcare is the simplest
>> strategy to cover the maximum number of people, no?
> Yes, because the government is a model of efficiency.  Come on.  The
> simplest stratedy is to not tax people so much and let them figure it
> out for themselves.

    As far as health care goes, medicare is by far the most efficient
system in the US.

>> > It would be nice if there were a better way, but I doubt there is.
>> So since we're in agreement that collectively paying for healthcare
>> is the way to go, why not introduce it here?
> We are not in agreement.  Collective, governmnet-run healthcare is a
> necessity in Iraq because they currently lack a functioning market
> economy.  We have one of those.  In fact, we have arguably one of the
> best in the world.  It would be a colossal screw up to introduce
> socialized medicine here.

     And virtually every other developed nation does have government
provided health care for all of its citizens, free market or no.


|   Christopher Judd, Ph. D.                      judd@wadsworth.org   |

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