Do the people in the above scenario seem to you as if they’ve lost their minds? Because that’s how those who either cling to or whine about ObamaCare appear to me. It’s how everyone who complains about the cost or quality of medical care looks, when they also refuse to think extremely diligently and seriously about abolishing patents, the FDA, the DEA, the government licensure of medicine, and so on.
But as for the whiners, they are a special breed of hypocrite. If you hate ObamaCare but support the cartelization of medicine, then you are a destroyer of the ability of people to provide medical care for themselves. There is a name for making those who have caused injury compensate the victims: Justice. So don’t whine when the government makes you pay for costs you have created for your victims. You should be ashamed of, and happy to pay for, your crimes against them, not outraged. You’re more responsible for the disaster that is American medicine than ObamaCare could ever be.
Advocate for the right things. We begin by advocating for the repeal of the cartels’ monopoly privileges. You don’t have to close the doors of these cartels outright. On the contrary, that would cause unnecessary transitional pain. Simply legalize non-fraudulent purveying of health services, devices, and drugs by all adults. Allow all adults to create, take, or sell any drug or medical device they want. Stop pretending that it’s a medical advance to attack someone for helping himself or others without government approval, when really that is a political tactic not a medical advance, and really reflects the political regression to uncivilized barbarism.
For those who think my views are “extreme”, they are, but only in the sense that sanity and clarity of mind, when compared to various degrees of psychosis and confusion, are “extreme”. What’s truly extreme, in the sense of being extremely wicked, is the totalitarian control of our health by medical cartels. We have been acclimated to the cartels, to regard them as a normal status quo, but when viewed from the right perspective, they are a preposterous, insane intrusion upon our natural liberty. Indeed, they attack the very core of our liberty: the right to govern our own bodies.
“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.”— Benjamin Rush
Interrelated with the cartelization of education. Note that in this environment, it is not doctors or teachers who most profit, it is a new class of bureaucrats. Also see MBA and its close cousin the Apparatchik. A system of arbitrary and complex laws needs an administrator class to navigate the insanity, and also, of course, an army of lawyers.
100 Years of Market Distortions, by Greg Scandlen. (The author gave me his permission to host his article here.)