Friday, September 26, 2008

How to Identify the True Motivations of a Universal Healthcare Advocate

The problem of "universal healthcare" is not complicated when it is fully understood. Most of the complexities arise when politicians and political action groups try to figure out the best way to force me to pay for it. The only ethical way to provide "universal healthcare" is to privately fund it with the donations of those individuals who support such a cause. Anyone who wants to contribute can and will, and those that don't will not be forced to. To illustrate, the next time you are confronted with someone supporting universal healthcare, I suggest the following propositions:

  1. If they can afford it challenge them to take out a classified ad in a local newspaper offering to partially or fully fund someone else's healthcare coverage.
  2. If they cannot afford healthcare coverage themselves then challenge them to take out a classified ad in a local newspaper to appeal to a universal healthcare to advocate sponsor them.
This way, universal healthcare supporters can act immediately and contribute directly to their cause. By acting directly on the problem all roadblocks disappear. Nobody can oppose such action because everyone involved is participating by voluntary choice. There will be no debate as to the effectiveness of such action - results will be immediate and self-evident. There will be no challenges to the efficiency of such action - no overhead is necessary to pay a few extra bills for your sponsored healthcare recipients. If the would-be advocate of universal healthcare rejects items #1 or #2 then you have identified their true motivation: to loot the best in society for the sake of the worst under the disguise of charity.


chris said...

That makes me think of a "healthcare" program where all "members" share everyone's costs...

I don't think it is this but it's something very similar.

Jason said...

You hit the nail on the head, Matt, and your math is impeccable. Right now, according to the OECD, the average American pays nearly twice as much for health care than the average Canadian. I would be more than happy to take my (and my employer's) existing contribution into our failed system, split it between my family and another family that currently can't afford health care, as I'm sure any ethical person would. Canadians live longer and have fewer babies die too, so I'd love to get those benefits too, but I'd just settle for even.

Think of the idea as one big "Christian Healthcare Ministry", except for all Americans... :)

I've been enjoying your posts, and I look forward to the conclusion of your primer on economics.

Jason said...

Darn... I botched the link! Try it again: