Can a Problem Caused by Government Be Fixed by More Government?

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Can a Problem Caused by Government Be Fixed by More Government?

Congressman Ron Paul was a practicing obstetrician when the federal government made its first serious forays into socialized medicine during the Johnson administration. Based on his study of free market economics, Paul was certain programs like Medicare would drive up the costs of health care while impeding progress in the quality of care that would be available in the marketplace. He was so troubled by the programs that he never accepted Medicare or Medicaid in his practice, and instead treated needy patients based on their ability to pay -- once a long-standing practice among physicians dating back to the Hippocratic Oath, and now (thanks to socialism) a quaint memory of days gone by.

Government intervention in medicine, no matter how well-intentioned, serves the purpose of guaranteeing profits to health care providers and drug companies at the expense of everybody else.

Of course there's a lot more to it than this, but this is what it all boils down to. Government breaks our leg, hands us a crutch, and says "See, if it wasn't for us, you wouldn't be able to walk!"


June 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMAD MAX

C'mon. I've heard the old saw about government breaking our legs then handing us a crutch from too many people who lost their thinking caps a long time ago.

You are correct-- there is MUCH more to this. I'm sure you and I will have a good time debating the merits of Democratic Party ideas about health care.

Happy independence day!!
July 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChaz Proulx
The incorrect use of the term "socialism" automatically disqualifies your thesis from consideration.

July 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternaughty

Thanks for not calling it "The Fourth of July."

I suppose you think the "culture of dependency" I saw all around me in eastern Kentucky just sprung out of nowhere? People are not nearly as dependent on government in New Hampshire, and it's no wonder New Hampshire hasn't developed some of the problems we see in other states... yet.

I see the health care situation as a perfect example of the "old saw" you don't like.


I've always enjoyed the left's monopoly on definitions. Thank you for having the good sense to disqualify my thesis based on a parenthetical word choice you happen to disagree with.

Funny how you both managed to avoid the actual content of my post...

Matt     July 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Simon
Your polemic doesn't address the real problem. Medicare has about a 3% administrative cost, as oppposed to private insurance, which has about a 30% administrative cost. Insurance CEO's are raking in multimillion dollar bonuses by denying care to those who need it. Over 47 million Americans have no heatlh insurance.

Of course Ron Paul hates Medicare - he's a Republitarian. Republitarians believe that if you pull yourself up by your bootstraps you'll never GET sick. The Ron Pauls of this world sucked up the benefits of our society (public roads, schoools, libraries, police, fire, etc) but now want everything to be privatized.

Fear not - nothing will change. Most of the candidates are taking big bucks from Big Insurance and Big Pharma. As long as they remain in thrall, there's no hope of a single payer system. After all, we wouldn't want everyone to have insurance. Only those who deserve it.&;       
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternaughty
Oh, and Matt - do you ever ask yourself why this "I hate gubmint" guys are the ones who fight to get elected, stay in power, and make gubmint even bigger? Y'know - guys like St. Ronnie?
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenternaughty

I grew up hating Ronald Reagan. Ron Paul, unlike Reagan, is a man of principle, and his record bears that out.

Did you know that Paul was one of four congressmen to support Reagan over Gerald Ford in 1976? Then in 1980, he voted against Reagan's first budget, said it was a total disappointment.

I am also very disturbed by the current system of private insurance and the inequities it causes.


July 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Simon