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The Nanny States of America

Admit it, you need big government to tell you and the rest of your family how to live.

  • You need to allow government to buy health insurance for you because you don’t know how to do this on your own.

  • You need to take all the vaccination shots and medication they say, even if it poses a risk to you.

  • You need to raise your children as they say or be forced to give them up.

  • You need to be bailed out of your mortgage if you can’t make the payments.

  • You need to be taxed on most of your income because you don’t know how to spend your money.

  • You need to agree with government surveillance of its citizens.

  • You need to check with the government with anything you want to do to your property.

  • You need to check with your government for anything you want to do for your business.

  • You need to never ingest any substance unless approved by the FDA.

  • You need to never practice free speech on any broadcast unless approved by the FCC.

  • You need to do your part to pay for failed businesses that went bankrupt.

  • You need to accept inflation so government can protect you.
  • You need to allow for government to do as they wish when they wish.

Remember, you know nothing and government knows what is best for all of us.

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  1. Misanthropic Scott
    February 27, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    With respect to bullet point 1, a minor correction: You need the government to pay for your health care directly because an incompetent government will still do a far better job for a lot less money than a competent corporation that is legally required to avoid paying for your care at every opportunity.

    What do I mean by that?

    The courts will back the removal of any board member or top executive of a corporation who fails to maximize shareholder value. Maximization of shareholder value is literally required by law. So, how does a health insurance company maximize value?

    By not paying for your care.

    That’s really the bottom line. The CEO of United Healthcare gets $130,000,000/year for the job of minimizing the care the corporation provides. Each year, your coverage declines. Each year, your premiums go up.

    We pay 16% of our GDP on health care. Germany, the second highest spender, spends 11% of their GDP.

    We spend almost 50% more than the second highest spender. Surely, we get the world’s best health care right?

    Nope.

    We’re about 45th best in the world by life expectancy. We’re 32nd by infant mortality. We have shorter life expectancy and higher infant mortality than any other developed democratic country in the world.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_mortality_rate

    Cuba beats our infant mortality. Jordan beats our life expectancy. And yet, no one spends more. So, what does this prove?

    We need national health care. We must get profit incentive out of our care decisions. At least with national health care, the incompetent person making the decisions is actually charged with providing care. With our current system, the provider (i.e. the health insurance company) is literally charged with NOT providing care.

    Here’s another interesting little point. The U.S. is just 5% of the world’s population. But, we take 56% of the world’s medication. Worried about the Nanny State telling you what’s good for you? How about pharmaceutical companies that invent conditions so that they can sell drugs to treat them? Of course, they have to market the condition and convince people that they have it. Then they can medicate you for it.

    We are a bunch of over-medicated, under-cared-for, fools.

    Many of your other points are valid though. Keep up the good work.

    Oh, you missed that the government should not provide welfare for the poor, but should provide it for corporations. ExxonMobil earns record profits and then still lines up for the dole at the Export/Import Bank, an organization few of us even know exists, but hands out about a billion a year in corporate welfare. There are other sources of corporate welfare as well. This is just the one most of us never even hear about.

  2. Narro Libertas
    February 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Scott, thank you for admitting that you need big government. It is important to understand what has happened to health care. Big business HMOs and pharmaceutical companies have managed to strangle out its competition and gain advantages in legislature with more and more regulations that make it impossible for other companies to compete. When competition is driven out, prices increase. But this is only one of the issues. The next would be free heath care that some hospitals are mandated to give. Some hospitals in California cant even afford to operate because many of their patients are uninsured illegal immigrants. This cost must be absorbed by everyone. The next issue is the overbearing amount of lawsuits against doctors. This forces the doctors to raise their costs even more.

    My solution is always less government as opposed to more. Free markets when left alone are the most efficient thing society has. They use built in checks and balances to keep prices where they need to be. They also drive out bad medical practices. The problem with our current system is the over regulation that gives some companies huge advantages over the other. I see examples of this in all aspects of the economy. When government gets involved with their bureaucratic red tape we all lose.

  3. Misanthropic Scott
    March 3, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Narro Libertas,

    Yes. There are times when we need “big government” and times we don’t. I’d personally much rather have government provided health care for all the reasons I stated above than spend 2 trillion dollars on a war that didn’t need to be fought and that can only end up with the target in an even worse state than the bad state it was already in.

    But, back on topic, no system of health care can provide perfect care for everyone. Our system provides far too much care, in terms of overmedication, unnecessary surgery, and life support long beyond anything that could be considered life. I for one do not want air pumped through the meat that was once me until my money runs out. But, hospitals love it.

    So, just ask yourself these questions:

    1) Why are we the only supposedly democratic and developed nation in the world that does not see basic life support as a right?

    2) Why do other countries do so much better with nationalized health care, as measured by hard statistics, than we do?

    3) Why do you believe that a competent corporate CEO whose legal mandate is to give you less care would provide you better care than an incompetent bureaucrat whose mandate is to provide the best care possible?

    4) Why do you believe that poor people should be allowed to die so that the rich may live? (Remember, with limited resources, there is only so much care to be given. We use money as the indicator for who gets care. Nationalized systems use need.)

    No. Less government is not always better.

    Besides, couldn’t we divert some of the corporate welfare money to health care? Couldn’t the money the Export Import Bank, a government organization whose sole purpose is corporate welfare, gives out make a good start? How about the tax credits we give to corporations earning record profits, like ExxonMobil?

    I’m afraid we already have big government. Aren’t you looking in the wrong direction for shrinking it?

    BTW, if government provided health care costs more, then why do we spend almost 50% more, as a percentage of our GDP, than the next highest spender in the world? And, don’t forget, we still get less.

    No, free market is not best for everything, especially not basic life sustaining necessities. Greed is way too harsh for that.

  4. Narro Libertas
    March 4, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    There is never a time when we need big government. What sets our society apart from others in the world is our freedoms. Especially our freedom of speech and our freedom of choice. We are allowed to make choices about our lives without government interference. This is a critical element of any free country. When you take away peoples choices and tell them they are too dumb to decide for themselves, you create a welfare state of dependent fools. These simpletons become so attached to the system that they need more government to take care of them. They grossly overwhelm the system and cause shortages like what you saw in the former Soviet Union economy.

    I do understand your fear however. You think that in the case of heath care its better to have big government than big business. The point I think you are missing is that they are two in the same. The reason you have these large monopolies that control the heath care system is because of the regulations that are currently in place. The current system is not a free market by any means. These HMOs have granted themselves the leverage they need with their strong ties in DC. And they have you fooled by pushing for a government controlled heath care system. They know that if this happens they will have a further monopoly and be protected against any competition.

    The true losers will be all Americans, and anyone for that matter that wants to travel here for treatment. You only have to look at Canada to see the problems with this sort of system. Their citizens need to come to this country in order to get the care they want. Who wants the government to tell them they can’t have a certain type of surgery. Who wants the government telling you what’s best for your health. I surely don’t trust that they have anyones interest except special interest.

    Big government is never the answer – personal choice and free markets always are.

  5. December 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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