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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Monday, August 03, 2009

From a piece on 10 reasons why the American Helathcare system isn't as bad as people argue....

Number 7 is the most stiking to me. Why should we try to emulate the healthcare systems of countries where the citizens think that it no longer serves them and needs it own reforms. Chances are, that these socialist systems will be moving to more market based reformed....
7. People in countries with more government control of health care are highly dissatisfied and believe reform is needed. More than 70 percent of German, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and British adults say their health system needs either “fundamental change” or “complete rebuilding.”

10. Americans are responsible for the vast majority of all health care innovations. The top five U.S. hospitals conduct more clinical trials than all the hospitals in any other developed country. Since the mid- 1970s, the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology has gone to U.S. residents more often than recipients from all other countries combined. In only five of the past thirty-four years did a scientist living in the United States not win or share in the prize. Most important recent medical innovations were developed in the United States.
From here.

Medical innovation happens in the US. Under Marxist socialized medicine, this will no longer happen. This will not only be bad for Americans since not only will it reduce medical innovation available to them it will also reduce the number of jobs and businesses that can be exported to others since these innovations will never happen.

But a further thought is that socialized medicine probably works really well as it did for decades in Europe due to the relative young age of the postwar babyboom population. These populations, due to their young age, had little need to for much healthcare (or time to waste on it). But as these populations age, they face the same pressures that the US does. One cannot hold back the effects of time and their is no government program that will solve the problems facing us. Furthermore, the opiate of government intervention will only lead to greater conflict as government will never deliver as promised.

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