See How Severe Healthcare Market Distortions
Have Been Created by the Government  HERE
There WAS a time when so-called "health insurance" didn't exist. That's because it wasn't necessary, except, perhaps, for catastrophic coverage.  Exactly WHO caused the cost explosion making it even a consideration IN THE FIRST PLACE?  Check it out:
Medicare, which went into effect in 1965, and the HMO-subsidizing act, which was passed in 1973, together triggered a non-stop explosion in health care costs which dwarf  price increases in virtually all other products and services for consumers.  Just LOOK at the chart:

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"This is great!" -- Mark Skousen, when I handed him a copy of this chart.
Also see:
How Government Healthcare Interference Got Started in the U.S.

"If you subsidize something,  people want more of it." -- Alan Reynolds, HERE
"If a government were put in charge of the Sahara Desert, within five years they’d have a shortage of sand." -- Dr. Milton Friedman
"Whenever the government causes a crisis, Congress and the president of the United States will almost surely give even more power and authority to the agency that is most responsible for the calamity." -- William L. Anderson


"It is fascinating to watch politicians come up with 'solutions' to problems that are a direct result of their previous solutions.  In many cases, the most efficient thing to do would be to repeal their previous solution and stop being so gung-ho for creating new solutions in the future.  But, politically, that is the last thing they will do." -- Thomas Sowell

"The modus operandi which politicians have loved for so many years is: 'If it doesn't work, do more of it!' " -- Ian Bernard 
''The original critics of Medicare/Medicaid were correct
  • In 1965, ''(m)ost of the elderly already had health insurance. The poor were treated at city, county and charity hospitals ... Emergency Room treatment, regardless of insurance, had been enacted under Eisenhower. Medical care was available to only slightly fewer people than now. 
  • ''Since 1965, health care costs [by 1994 had] doubled [from 5.9%] to 14% of GDP...
  • "We know that anything government does private enterprise can do for half the cost." -- Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Dr. Milton Friedman to Charlie Rose 12-26-2005 

    "Whenever the government runs things it always costs twice as much as should be."- Gerald Pearse 

  • ''(D)octor and hospital bills have always recovered the cost of unpaid treatment. What's new is cost shifting by government. ['Controlling' costs by underpaying for treatment, which forces individuals and private insurers to make up the difference.
  • ''From 1985 to 1989, unpaid hospital care grew slightly, from 5.5% to 6.0% of billing. But  government  underpayment  shot  from  0.6%  to  5.0%- the same years private insurance premiums started skyrocketing. 

  • ''Don't blame hospitals. The more Medicaid and Medicare patients they treat, the more they have to increase prices on everyone else. Then, some consumer group will accuse them of price gouging.''

    Mike Hihn in Liberty Issues, Sept-Oct, 1994 (some of the data has been republished in separate articles still available here and here)..
     
     
    7 Simple Rules for 
    Health Care Reform

"It was the unfair tax-deductibility imbalance which Congress instituted during World War II which started the long-term spread of the fundamentally irrational (basically idiotic) 'someone else is supposed to pay for my health care' attitude which Americans blindly accept as normal today." -- Rick Gaber 

"After over half a century of employer-provided health care coverage, the American people have developed a phobia of paying for health insurance themselves." -- Arnold Kling

"In reality, because government actions have been a major factor in forcing up the price of health care in America, we now have the perverse situation in which someone who either does not have access to private insurance or qualifies for government payments must face the system out of pocket.  While politicians and their allies are fond of decrying the fact that at any given time, millions of Americans lack health insurance, they [conveniently] forget that they themselves have played a major role in creating the conditions that have made going without health insurance a recipe for individual financial calamity."William L. Anderson

"The wealthiest government employees or corporate executives who receive health care insurance as a part of their compensation package receive this benefit on a tax-free basis.  Anyone who pays their own health insurance premiums or medical bills must struggle to wring these payments from income that is fully taxed.  This practice transcends unfairness and lack of equity.  It also inflates the cost of health care for everyone." -- Richard E. Ralston, HERE.
 

"For many years the government has subsidized the demand and restricted the supply of medical care. One consequence has been a rapid increase in both the relative price and real expenditures for medical care. The relative price of [all] medical care has increased at an increasing rate; ... Total expenditures for medical care have increased from 5 percent to 13 percent of  GDP over the past thirty years and are now the most rapidly growing component of both private payrolls and government budgets." -- William Niskanen, Cato Institute,  in RegulationVol. 15 No. 4, 1992, HERE.  
Some years ago, the British physician Max Gammon, after an extensive study of the British system of socialized medicine, formulated what he called "the theory of bureaucratic displacement." He observed that in "a bureaucratic system . . . increase in expenditure will be matched by fall in production. . . . Such systems will act rather like ‘black holes,’ in the economic universe, simultaneously sucking in resources, and shrinking in terms of ‘emitted production.’" Gammon’s observations for the British system have their exact parallel in the partly socialized U.S. medical system. Here, too, input has been going up sharply relative to output. This tendency can be documented particularly clearly for hospitals, thanks to the availability of high-quality data for a long period.

The data document a drastic decline in output over the past half century. From 1946 to 1996, the number of beds per 1,000 population fell by more than 60 percent; the fraction of beds occupied, by more than 20 percent. In sharp contrast, input skyrocketed. Hospital personnel per occupied bed multiplied ninefold, and cost per patient day, adjusted for inflation, an astounding fortyfold, from $30 in 1946 to $1,200 in 1996. A major engine of these changes was the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. A mild rise in input was turned into a meteoric rise; a mild fall in output, into a rapid decline. Hospital days per person per year were cut by two-thirds, from three days in 1946 to an average of less than a day by 1996.

-- Dr. Milton Friedman, HERE: http://www.hooverdigest.org/013/friedman.html
The Anti-Universal Coverage Club
"Government health care does lead to a dependence on medical staff imported from other countries." -- Mark Steyn
The U.S. mortality ratio for breast cancer is 25%, but with single payer health care systems it's worse.  In Canada and Australia it is 28%, in Germany it is 31%, in France it is 35%, and in New Zealand and the United Kingdom it is 46%.  For prostate cancer, the U.S. mortality ratio is 19%.  In Canada it is 25%, in New Zealand it is 30%, in Australia it is 35%, in Germany it is 44%, in France it is 49%, and in the United Kingdom it is 57%.    In 1997, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of all patients on Canadian waiting lists died before even getting care.  Check it out HERE.
"As we just saw, and as I have pointed out many times, the component of our health care finance system that is in the worst shape is the component that is publicly funded. Maintaining the current level of availability of health care services under Medicare is not going to happen. Maintaining it under 'Medicare for all' is not going to happen, squared. ... If politicians thought that they could take over the health care system without making huge cutbacks in availability of services, we would already have a single-payer system in Woodstock-nation states like Massachusetts or Oregon. Single-payer in the United States is a chimera, like energy independence. Single-payer's political appeal here could never survive a serious attempt at implementation." -- Arnold Kling
"When the government pays, health care's lack of affordability becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  In health care, as in other things, government is the high-cost producer." -- Arnold Kling
"The prescription for better health care is more freedom to innovate, not remote-control surgery from Washington." -- Arnold Kling
> How to Cure Health Care by Milton Friedman
> Let's Make Health Care Inexpensive Again!
The way to better, cheaper healthcare: Don't  make it a human right by Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux
"We propose a simple change to tax law that would cut unproductive health spending, reduce the number of uninsured and promote greater tax fairness. For anyone with at least catastrophic insurance coverage, all health-care expenses -- employee contributions to employer-provided insurance, individually purchased insurance and out-of-pocket spending -- would be tax-deductible. The deduction would be available to those who claim the standard deduction and to those who itemize.

"The most important effect of tax deductibility would be to reduce unproductive health spending. Under current law, medical care purchased through an employer's insurance plan is tax-free, while direct medical care purchased by patients must be made with after-tax income. As we and many others have observed, this tax preference has given patients the incentive to purchase care through low-deductible, low-copayment insurance instead of out-of-pocket, which in turn leads to cost-unconsciousness and wasteful medical practices. In addition, the tax preference for insurance creates incentives for the health-care system to rely on gatekeepers rather than deductibles and copayments when it does try to control costs. The cost of gatekeepers are financed out of insurance premiums that are paid with before-tax dollars; deductibles and copayments are paid with after-tax dollars." 
-- Glenn Hubbard
 

"The current system encourages doctors to charge outrageous sums, more than they know insurance will cover, so they maximize their profit and write off the rest ...  It's a horrible system that has all the wrong incentives for everybody involved." -- Edward Glamkowski 

"Bingo!!   Once again, privatization--*total* privatization--is the best solution.  Get government, and government-sanctioned business collectives, out of the health 'care' picture entirely and, just maybe, I can go back to typing the word 'care' (in relation to 'health') without the quotes. :-)" -- Edward Britton 

But FIRST: We must have NATIONAL GROCERY REFORM !!!
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 "All of us necessarily hold many casual opinions that are ludicrously wrong simply because life is far too short for us to think through even a small fraction of the topics that we come across." -- Julian Simon
 "There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible and wrong." -- H. L. Mencken
  "Huge monolithic, faceless bureaucracies should not be in charge of deciding who lives, who dies, and who pays for it." -- A.T.Bear  "And anyone who thinks the government isn't the worst one is in extreme denial of the real world." -- Rick Gaber
  "It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance."  -- Murray N. Rothbard

Medicare's Long Term Impact
What Mandatory Health Insurance Really Means
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The Federal Government, through its Medicare regulations, is beginning the rationing of medical care, partly on the pretext that "medical care is just too costly these days." Well, whose fault do you think all that is in the first place????

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"Scratch the surface of an endemic problem ... and you invariably find a politician at the source." -- Simon Carr
"To err is human, but it takes a politician to really screw things up." -- Old American Adage
The ultimate healthcare outrage now being proposed by control-freak politicians is dissected in "Rx for Coercion" HERE.
"You could get good catastrophic coverage for $40, $50, $60 a month if you didn't have all these crazy [government] mandates." -- Steve Forbes, 3-10-07
"The principal villain in rising health care costs is the government.  Not pharmaceutical companies, not doctors,  but government." -- Neal Boortz
"Government is not the solution to our problem; government IS the problem." -- Ronald Reagan
"Every government intervention [in the marketplace] creates unintended consequences, which lead to calls for further government interventions..." -- Ludwig von Mises
News: The "Cover Florida" plan hopes to improve those numbers by offering access to more affordable policies.

INTERSTATE HEALTH INSURANCE?

CANADA STARTS BACK TO PRIVATE MEDICINE

CANADIANS' HEALTH WOES
WHY MEDICINE IS SLOWLY DYING IN AMERICA

AMERICANS FOR FREE CHOICE IN MEDICINE
Health Care Regulation: A $169 Billion Hidden Tax
"FREE" HEALTH CARE????  See: "A Canadian earning $35,000 a year pays a stunning $7,350 in health-care taxes." HERE
  In a recent poll, more than 80 percent of Canadians rate the system “in crisis.”
The Health Care Prescriptions of a COLLECTIVIST ECONOMIST
An Epidemic of Meddling: The totalitarian implications of public health
Peter W. Huber:  Of Pills and Profits: In Defense of Big Pharma
Medicare Meets
Mephistopheles
by David Hyman
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MORTAL PERIL: Our Inalienable Right To
                            Health Care?
MORTAL PERIL:
Our Inalienable 
Right To Health Care?
by Richard A. Epstein

     "On Capitol Hill, members of Congress are continually jacking up the price Americans pay for health care. They do this by giving away benefits and, in some instances, making people buy unwanted benefits. Mental health parity, a patients' bill of rights, a prescription drug benefit tacked onto Medicare — the expenses are endless.
     One would think taxpayers would be outraged. They're not, however, because they expect it. After all, when it comes to health care, most Americans think it should be paid for with 'other people's money.' " – Devon Herrick
Also see: "Why Health Care Costs Too Much" by Stan Liebowitz HERE
     "Unlike single payer, market based reforms offer a real opportunity to reduce costs.  The RAND health insurance experiment conclusively demonstrated that people who used their own funds to buy health care reduced spending by 30% without harming their health. Medical savings accounts (MSAs) build on this result by making it possible for people at all income levels to self-insure for routine health care costs.  Reducing claims reduces everyone's overhead making health care, and health insurance, more affordable." -- Linda Gorman
Price Controls Undermine Innovation
Medicare (once again) threatens to cut payments for errors, deliberate or accidental HERE.
Background: The Deterioration of Health Care
"In health care, the big culprit is the tax deduction for employer-paid health insurance, which has hard-wired into the American psyche the expectation that companies should pay for their employees' health insurance. After all, if an employer is willing to spend $9,000 to give your family comprehensive health care, few people would choose to take the $9,000 in cash, pay $2,000 in taxes on it, and use the remaining $7,000 to buy their own insurance. 

"Unfortunately, the unintended effect of this $112 billion-a-year tax deduction is to make insured consumers largely indifferent to how much health care they consume or what it costs. And in the face of such indifference, doctors and hospitals and drug companies have done what any profit-maximizing industry would do: push prices and utilization up 7 to 10 percent each year until so many people are priced out of the market that government is forced to pump in even more money, spurring a whole new round of spending increases." 

-- from "A Culture Of Subsidies Inflates Costs" by Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post
Wednesday, December 1, 2004; Page E01

Don't be Aesop's dog.
"Paul Krugman doesn't realize it, perhaps because he's such a dogmatic statist, but he makes a powerful case in today's New York Times op-ed column for a withdrawal of government from health care. As long as government is involved in health care, there will be corruption of the sort Krugman identifies." -- Keith Burgess-Jackson, 2005 05 06 "Krugman's analysis that perhaps the government should get involved with encouraging healthy living is grounded in the general economic theory that the production of a good (in this case personal health) that has positive benefits on others (the reduced costs that we all pay for poor personal health) is often less than it should be might make sense except for one problem: it is the government that has created the situation that the costs of poor health (and thus the benefits of good health) accrue largely to others. It is the government that has created medicare and medicaid, forcing taxpayers to pay for the poor health decisions of others, and it is the over-regulation of the health insurance industry that prevents health plans from charging accurate risk-premiums to those who have poor nutrition habits. 
"Rather than trying to bandage the outcome of a failure in government policy, one would think that a Princeton economist might address the cause of the problem in the first place." -- Gordon Haave
“When politicians proclaim that you have a 'right' to health care, they actually mean many other things. First, that they want unlimited power to force others to provide you with health care -- whatever the cost. They also mean that you have no right to manage and provide for your own health care, indeed no right to any health care whatsoever but that which is provided and approved by the government. They want the federal government to decide exactly what treatments you can and cannot have. They also demand that your doctor provide the government with all the personal details of your health care -- after all, they’re paying for it aren’t they? Whatever this is, it is not protecting your 'rights'.”
-- Richard E. Ralston,:HERE.
An open letter to Congress from a huge number of economists
The medicare reform, the privatization, the MSA provisions are ALL a mirage.
The ugly truth about federal prescription-drug subsidies
Forgotten factors in the Canadian drug pricing controversy   more factors
Prescription? Yeah, prescription for disaster

Rearranging the Titanic's deck chairs: Here's an example of how serious rationing and waiting-list problems are taken to be the norm(!)  wherever health care is socialized

CANADA'S SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN CRISIS, EXACTLY AS PREDICTED
        CANADIANS' HEALTH WOES
"To spot the drawbacks in your medical treatment, you first have to be getting some. And that’s the design flaw in the Canadian system." -- Mark Steyn
"Medicare is responsible for a further run-up in the costs of medical care. The government is throwing more money in to a situation in which it has artificially limited the supply of doctors and limits the availability of new medication. Imagine if we had an auction -- and there are people who would be outbid because of previous government interference, and now the government throws more money into the hands of the bidders so the prices will just go on higher and higher." – Dr. George Reisman
So, prior to 1965, virtually everyone could afford medical care one way or another. Carrying so-called "medical insurance" (actually misnamed medical payment plans) was strictly optional.  Now, thanks to government,  people are virtually required to carry some, and it works badly because of volumes and volumes of indecipherablegovernment regulations.  If you're angry with your HMO or PPO -- instead of the government (which basically brought them into being and told them how to run) -- realize you haven't seen the forest for the trees.  (If you STILL don't get it, here's a clue: LESS, NOT more, government is needed.  A LOT less.)
"When you can't get enough money out of the taxpayers, then the political formula is to confiscate private money by the back door, by imposing price controls on businesses. Media pundits seem utterly uninterested in the actual economic consequences of price controls, even though the history of such consequences goes back for centuries in countries around the world.

"Those consequences have repeatedly included shortages and quality deterioration -- which can be matters of life and death when it comes to medical care. But who has time to look up facts when there are exciting political strategies to chatter about?" -- Thomas Sowell, HERE

EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND EXPLANATIONS OF THE PERVERSE EFFECTS OF GOVERNMENT PRICE CONTROLS, plus how "already 24% of U.S. health care is spent on administrative costs, largely imposed by government" ARE HERE.  And now politicians at the state level are compounding the problems: see this.
See:  "The push for price controls comes from a misreading of the marketplace. Critics rarely cite the fact that more than 70 percent of Medicare beneficiaries spent less than $500 from their own pockets for prescriptions last year. Instead, those critics point to the fact that the total of money spent on drugs last year rose by roughly 18 percent. But that's not the same as saying the cost of any one drug rose by 18 percent. In fact, most of the increase in money spent on drugs came from a big increase in demand as people utilized new drugs in place of more expensive and traditional medical procedures.  For example, surgery for ulcers was once commonplace but now because of new and better drugs it has almost disappeared. A recent study found that every dollar spent on medical drugs translates into a decline of four dollars in spending on care in hospitals."  HERE.
"Anyone who believes that we can afford collectively what we cannot afford individually is delusional." -- Arnold Kling
Rearranging the Titanic's deck chairs: Here's an example of how serious rationing and waiting-list problems are taken to be the norm(!)  wherever health care is socialized
"If you want to see the future of health care in the United States just look at the VA hospitals today.  ...  The Washington Times is reporting that many veterans are waiting up to six months for an appointment to see a doctor. ... That, my friends, is your medical future … and it is your medical future because you have accepted the idea that you have a 'right' to medical care, a right that politicians are all-too-willing to recognize." -- Neal Boortz, 5-26-03
>>>The facts about Canada's "free" health care system
Canada has been trampling Individual Rights by Outlawing Private Medical Care, but its Supreme Court just ruled that Quebec's law banning private care is unconstitutional!Check it out.
(Don't mess with us, Sen. Bill Nelson; we're watching you...)
"If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor." -- Ayn Rand

"Any alleged 'right' of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right."- Ayn Rand

See: "Putting doctors in jail for practicing medicine under arbitrary rules and paying old people to put doctors in jail is a moral outrage."HERE
See "Doctors Shrug" HERE
13 Myths
Middle Man Mess
Medicare's Future
Institute for Health Freedom
Socialized Health Care Nightmare
The Dangers of Socialized Medicine
NO SUCH THING as a "right" to health care
A Doctor Declares Independence from Medicare
Price controls reduce the availability of critical life-saving drugs
The Drastic Consequences of Pretending There's a "Right" to Health Care
And they used to rave about the fabulous Soviet health care system...
Younger Folks: Pay Attention or Pay the Bills
When Medicare Mandates Killing Patients
Health Care: a Value, NOT a Right
The Road to Medical Serfdom
Medicare is Unsustainable
Murder by Medicare
"Socialism has been discredited as an explicitly avowed belief but it still lives on in a thousand disguises, of which 'universal health care' is just one.  Like so many pretty words used in politics, 'universal health care' is seldom examined in terms of what its actual track record has been in the countries where it has been tried." -- Thomas Sowell, HERE, HERE and HERE
The U.S. mortality ratio for breast cancer is 25%, but with single payer health care systems it's worse.  In Canada and Australia it is 28%, in Germany it is 31%, in France it is 35%, and in New Zealand and the United Kingdom it is 46%.  For prostate cancer, the U.S. mortality ratio is 19%.  In Canada it is 25%, in New Zealand it is 30%, in Australia it is 35%, in Germany it is 44%, in France it is 49%, and in the United Kingdom it is 57%.  In 1997, an estimated 20 to 30 percent of all patients on Canadian waiting lists died before even getting care.  Check it out HERE.
von Mises' law: "Every government intervention [in the marketplace] creates unintended consequences, which lead to a calls for further government interventions..." ad infinitum.
“In America today the same nuclear physicist who would laugh uproariously at the thought that the average businessman should have a vote on whether to allow physicists to study the atom would immediately turn around and insist that he as a citizen and nothing more should have the right to vote on whether the owners of Texas gas wells should have the right to set their own prices for their gas, whether the Federal Reserve should increase the money supply at a faster rate, or whether the federal government should 'stimulate' the international economy by running budget deficits and 'talking down' the dollar in exchange markets. 

"The same sociologist who asserts with contempt that the average politician knows nothing about the realities of drug use and their effects would assert with aplomb, and without thinking to consult a single study or learning economic theory, that the government should 'solve' the problem of inflation by imposing wage and price controls upon all those businessmen who 'set their prices to rip-off obscene profits.'

"And the average citizen voter, who can barely read at the so-called tenth grade level, asserts blandly that his votes justify the politicians’ use of police powers to dictate to doctors the standards of medical care and the maximum charges they can ask for their services.” -- Jack D. Douglas

"People over 65 are paying more of their spendable income for medical care now, than they were before Medicare was enacted. It's been not a very successful program.  Government doesn't do things well." – Barber Conable
"What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people.  It's not good at much else." -- Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer 9/2/03
"Today 51% of all health-care dollars in America are spent by governments — not insurance companies, employers, or individuals, but by governments.  If there is a crisis in health care — and there certainly is — the government, not the free market, is responsible for it.  –  Harry Browne
"Healthcare delivered through private enterprise would fix the problem.  Consider LASIK eye surgery. That is a medical prodecure that is handled somewhat through the market place. Since it's been done that way, it's become routine, the quality has improved, and the prices have fallen.  If that can be done for eye surgery, there's no reason it can't be done for knee surgery or heart surgery or any other medical prodecure -- other than people, who have a disdain for the marketplace, standing in the way of it." -- Dave Olson
   "Proliferating HMOs certainly have serious problems, but it is not because of market failures; it is because of a failure to have markets. Specifically, the current situation can be tied to three government policies. First, in the 1940s, in order to allow workers to receive higher compensation in spite of government-imposed wage controls, Congress allowed money paid by employers for purchasing workers' health insurance to be tax-deductible, although money spent by individuals on their own health insurance was not. Thus, there arose an incentive for individuals to rely on employers rather than themselves for health insurance. As a result, individuals are in the position of a dog at the vet, watching as the guys with the money and the guys with the medicine decide what to do with them. What's worse, many people now expect health insurance, as opposed to auto or life insurance, to be provided by employers.

   "The second governmental contribution to our current health-care mess was Congress's creation in 1965 of two public programs: Medicare, to cover health-care costs for the elderly; and Medicaid, to cover health-care costs for poorer Americans, like John Q.  With the government paying for such care, health insurance for the elderly disappeared, while self-help and subscription organizations (a major source of funding early in the twentieth century, before Social Security) declined even further. Naturally, government spending on health care started to skyrocket. With the government paying, price was no object. So what did the government do to control costs? It introduced another policy.

   "The third problem policy was the HMO Act of 1973, which provided government subsidies to HMOs and mandated that all businesses with more than twenty-five employees offer the HMO option. Further, during the 1980s, Congress allowed many states to force Medicaid recipients into HMOs. And whose idea was it to herd people into HMOs?

   "On March 3, 1978, Leftist icon Senator Edward Kennedy bragged, 'As the author of the first HMO billever to pass the Senate, I find this spreading support for HMOs truly gratifying. Just a few years ago, proponents of health maintenance organizations faced bitter opposition from organized medicine.' He added, 'HMOs have proven themselves again and again to be effective and efficient mechanisms for delivering health care of the highest quality. HMOs cut hospital utilization by an average of 20 to 25 percent compared to the fee-for-service sector.' Yes, by kicking out people like John Q.'s son!" -- Edward L. Hudgins, HERE.

   As Harry Browne has written, "The Act was finally repealed in 1995, but by that time HMOs had become thoroughly entrenched as the centerpiece of employer-sponsored health programs."  -- As the damage had already been done.  Big time.  And even Teddy Kennedy and his colleagues, now posing as opponents of HMOs and the horrors "they" caused, are using them as an excuse for even more of government's meddling in the medical care field, instead of its getting completely the hell out. ... Browne continues, "Once again, the politicians are seizing the opportunity to save us from their own handiwork."

More doctors than ever are refusing to accept new Medicare patients.  Why?  Well, some of the reasons are:  Medicare’s complex pricing system, the need to spend an hour on Medicare paperwork for every four hours of patient care, practically incomprehensible regulations, “a system of central planning and price regulation in which bureaucrats control nearly all aspects of the financing and delivery of medical services,” and “mountains of red tape, sluggish and inappropriate payments for services provided, fears of retaliation for even accidental book-keeping mistakes.” Find Dr. Robert E. Moffit's report HERE.
     "Health care prices have risen faster than inflation.  The threat of controls over health care has brought forth a chorus of protests from economists, and from former price controllers, who learned about price controls the hard way.  Thus, C. Jackson Grayson, who headed Nixon's price-wage control experiment from 1971 to 1973, warns: 'price controls will make things worse.  Believe me, I've been there. ... Controls have not worked in 40 centuries.  They will not work now.' 

     "Grayson warns that, already 24% of U.S. health care is spent on administrative costs, largely imposed by government.  Clintonian price control will cause regulations and bureaucrats to proliferate; it will raise medicals costs, not lower them.  Barry Bosworth, who headed price control efforts under Jimmy Carter, reacted similarly: 'I can't believe they are going to do it.  I can't believe they are that stupid.'  He pointed out that health care, a field where there is rapid innovation in goods and services, is a particularly disastrous area to try to impose price controls. 

    "But none of these objections is going to work. ... Clintonians don't mind if price controls cause shortages of health care.  In fact, they welcome the prospect, because then they can impose rationing; they can impose priorities, and tell everyone how much of what kind of medical care they can have.  And besides, ... there's that deeply satisfying rush of power.  We should know by now that reasoned arguments by economists or disillusioned ex-controllers are not going to stop them:  only determined and militant opposition and resistance by the long-suffering public." -- Murray N. Rothbard

"Nationalized health is synonymous with delays, waiting lists, rationing, and high taxes." -- Dr. Christopher Lyon
"The hospitals in Canada are so overloaded they’re unable to observe even basic hygiene procedures, a basic failing which covers everything from the Ontario health system’s incubation of SARS to Labrador’s gift of Chlamydia to its gynaecological patients." -- Robert Clayton Dean
   "Many countries impose price controls on drugs. The result is that few, if any, new drugs are developed in those countries -- France and Canada being good examples. France used to have a vibrant pharmaceutical industry, but now it is almost dead. The U.S. and Switzerland provide a disproportionate share of all new drugs, in large part because they have resisted price controls. How many important new drugs were ever developed in the socialist countries or countries with state-controlled pharmaceutical companies? Almost none." -- Richard W. Rahn
Sneering Arrogance Dept., Super Control-Freaks' Section
"Let them eat cake"
"The ['Hillary Care'] plan prescribed some eye popping maximum fines:
$5,000 for refusing to join the government mandated health plan;
$5,000 for failing to pay premiums on time; 15 years in prison for
doctors who received ‘anything of value’ in exchange for helping 
patients short circuit bureaucracy; $10,000 a day for faulty 
physician paperwork; and $50,000 for unauthorized patient 
treatment.  When told the plan could bankrupt small businesses, 
Mrs. Clinton said, 'I can’t be responsible for every under-capitalized 
small business in America'.
     -- Tony Snow reporting on Hillary's health care plan,
to which Zoh Hieronimus added, "Perhaps Hillary’s legacy will be that 
she made fascism seem lady-like." HERE
That certain people can even consider enslaving doctors to any degree 
without meeting any objection whatsoever only underscores the incredible 
depths to which the moral depravity of many American institutions, public, 
academic and journalistic, have sunk.  Slavery is horrible enough, but putting
our best, most highly-skilled, educated and thoughtful professionals at the 
mercy of the worst, most ethically-challenged depraved professionals such as
politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers is worse than nauseating. 

See: "Putting doctors in jail for practicing medicine under arbitrary rules and 
paying old people to put doctors in jail is a moral outrage." HERE

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Between the Lines:  Some Canadians finally admit socialized medicine eventually goes bad.  Very bad.  And gets worse...
Let government do to health care what it's already done to the INS, intelligence agencies and baggage screeners?
"Universal" Health Insurance Will Only Make Things Worse
Healing the Health Care System
Health Care is NOT a Right
So, what IS a Right?
Now, HOW would John Q. have been treated IN CANADA?
U.K. Cancer Death Rate is 38% Higher Than in U.S.
On the Lighter Side

  "We began in 1994 by bringing health security to every American.  Our universal health care program brought equity and access to all.  While the overall program is a little more expensive than the $2 trillion dollars we estimated, I [am] pleased to announce that costs are dropping somewhat this year, due to a drastic increase in the number of people who died while waiting to see a doctor. Nevertheless, we brought you health security [*Congress applauds*]." – from the chapter "Every American's Right" in Michael Graham's tongue-in-cheek book, Clinton and Me

"Most Americans don’t know enough about basic economics to fill out one fortune cookie. ... The principal villain in rising health care costs is the government.  Not pharmaceutical companies, not doctors, but government." --- Neal Boortz

"Government is good at only one thing: it breaks your legs, then hands you a crutch, and says, 'See!  If it weren't for government, you wouldn't be able to walk!' " – Harry Browne, author of Why Government Doesn't Work and other books

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." -- P. J. O'Rourke

"Cheap medical care is one of the most expensive things there is.  So long as politicians can create the illusion of something for nothing, that gets them votes, which is what it is all about, as far as they are concerned." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"While health insurance plans have long been cut back drastically all over the country, the self-funded insurance of the county employees of Niagara County, N.Y., reimbursed more than $1.25 million since 1999 for its workers' purely cosmetic face peels, breast implants and liposuction; taxpayers finally realized what was going on when property taxes shot up by 20 percent this year." [Buffalo News, 6-2-02]

"Do not pinch yourself: everyone will say ouch, now that we've become a 'collective body.' " -- Cat Farmer

"It's not mere coincidence that "medicare" and "mediocre" are spelled nearly alike." -- Rick Gaber 

"Men aren't fools; when it's raining soup, they have sense enough to grab a bucket." -- Michael Miller

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"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare." -- Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1976
"Elected officials are no longer afraid of the law or the people. The people are uneducated and believe whatever ABC, CBS, NBC tell them."Jerry Jones
"Most government most of the time wreaks incredible destruction on people’s lives and is completely unaccountable for it." -- David R. Henderson
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"There are some things that you can always bet on. One is that when Congress comes up with a new program it never works right over the long haul. Another is, when Congress goes to fix the mess it has made the mess only gets worse." -- Lyn Nofziger 
"People constantly speak of  'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men." -- H.L. Mencken
"Scratch the surface of an endemic problem ... and you invariably find a politician at the source." -- Simon Carr, in his review of The Mystery of Capital by Hernando de Soto 
"Doing nothing in the public policy world allows much more to be done in the real world." -- Thomas Hazlett
"Whenever you come across a screw-up this big, you know the government is behind it." -- Ann Coulter
"To err is human, but it takes a politician to really screw things up." -- Old American Adage
"Politicians, Like Bombers, Seldom See Their Victims..." -- Donald Boudreaux
"The problem with politics isn't the money; it's the power." -- Harry Browne
"Everything the government touches turns to crap." -- Ringo Starr
"Government is the problem, not the solution." -- Ronald Reagan
"Why is it that any time government takes over something for a few years, it's assumed that people are too incompetent to do it for themselves?" -- Julian Sanchez
"If government had taken over the auto industry in 1920, today we'd all be driving Model-T cars -- and saying, 'If it weren't for the government, we'd have no cars at all.' " -- Harry Browne
"An individual who can rise above the social trends that sweep along his fellows so that he can observe their operation has an incalculable advantage over all those who do not." -- Robert R. Prechter, Jr.
"The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos." -- H. L. Mencken, 1919
"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence." -- Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948)
"What's also so incredible about Democrats is that they continually fail to grasp that the reason that health care is one of business' highest cost burdens is BECAUSE of intrusive government micromanagement and hyperregulation of the health care industry, and a swarm of sharks - er, lawyers, rather - circling every single provider of health care and health insurance ... they've got a blind side when it comes to the idea of government doing less or even, heaven forbid, nothing at all." -- Michael Pelletier
"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance."  -- Murray N. Rothbard
"One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us noble and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false." -- Paul Johnson
"...the first thing to be aware of is that the basic principles of ethics or morality are widely disputed, not at all self-evident and uncontroversial.  Thus at the least it should be clear that any claim that the moral or ethical opposes the technological and scientific is brazenly question begging, presumptuous." -- Prof. Tibor R. Machan

 
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