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|User Info||The Mental Disease Called Liberalism (Health Reform); entered at 2012-05-05 15:16:37|
Registered: 2009-02-28 DFW, Tx
I have a better term, totalitarian. |
I like Karl's discussion of the government imposed monopolies we have in health care. Question is, where does all the money go. It don't go to pay for the uninsured, though that is a cost. When the cash bill reads $50,000 and the insurance company, which is being paid $500 or more a month pays $10,000, there might be a clue. 20 months, the bill has been paid. Why does the hospital MRI or Catscan cost 4 or 5 times as much as the one you go to on the street? Think the insurance company pays those prices? Would a lot more cash bills get paid if the patients received insurance company prices?
How much should a doctor make? Probably depends on the doctor. They have overhead; staffing, insurnance, office rent, supplies, etc, so the starting salary has to go on top of their overhead. I would venture malpractice is a premium on services rendered, thus a percentage and not a fixed cost.
Then we have the pill business. I think the pill business is a multi-level scam, from the companies to the doctors to the pharmacies and including Congress, executive and insurance companies in the scam. Why are the cash customers ****ed by the street level pharmacy? The best I have been able to determine, the copay is the margin of profit, as the drugs are covered wholesale to the insurer. This is a circular extortion racket.
Maybe this is all government is, a scheme of the top getting together to **** the guys in the middle. Don't think you are on the top if you have $50 million. These guys are paupers, who live on huge incomes that go on forever. Your $50 million wouldn't keep their toys going for a year. Like Leona Helmsley said, taxes are for poor people. This is why the term we are looking for is Libertarian, not liberal or Conservative.
Murray Rothbard said American liberal economics belonged on the left. That what we called liberal or socialist was in the middle, because there wasn't an anchor and the conservative was rule from the top. He put the socialist in the middle, because they stood for nothing and had no anchor. It was why their causes always fall apart over time. I believe a true libertarian has trouble with politics in the vein that engaging in the scheme involves telling and forcing onto the world your own vision. Instead, they protest all of what government does. The best a libertarian could do is repeal most of the previous law. Our job isn't to figure out what is best for people or tilt the floor in any direction.
This is why Ron Paul gets so many blank stares. How can a guy answer a question about what he would do to fix something when his solution for governmetn is to quit doing anything. These people want to hear about a grand scheme. Paul don't have one. Neither do those that propose one, have one that will work.