I, too, live in a country where medical care is socialized. I hear from
people in the U.K. that the healthcare system isn't the paradise it's made
out to be. In Israel, a small group of Histadrut (Labor) inner Party'
elites do enjoy the benefits of health care paid by the taxes imposed on
the rest of us. This same small group, like the fabled sinister Capitalists
they despise, also finds the State-controlled legal system to be a
THE STATE, and state-control of every aspect of life, is a regression, not
a progression. In spite of the misery and suffering, true believers
continue to blame phantoms and demons for the problems created by The State
and its inner-Party administrators.
Waiting times for medical care are only one part of the problem. The other
part is the demand of 'co-pay' fees, and being required to travel long
distances to see several 'specialists' before getting care.
Then there's the 'Committee' system where injured and sick people are
brought before a kind of medical Inquisition, their ailments assigned
'points' and treatment (or reimbursement) determined by this point system.
No surprise that about 80% of those needing care or deserving financial aid
are rejected... usually by one or two points. Democracy in action! Useless
eaters weeded out so the 'more equal than you' pigs of the inner-Party can
continue gouging themselves at the collective trough. Animal Farm
mentality. Who will free us of these troublesome elites?
I can't find the research I read about a year ago on the quality of health
care in the U.S. but recall that showed a deterioration of care as the
welfare system metastasized. Things were (are) generally better when people
had (have) jobs and made (make) most decisions about their lives without
the aid of government social workers, tax collectors, and other meddling
elitist (inner Party) snobs.
Would be a very happy thing if the slogans, bromides, and wishful thinking
that inundate us 24/7/365 were sufficient.
Sending starving people pictures of food... that's how I now see the
general system of State-controlled life. Dante's Inferno (especially Circle
Seven). Plato's cave. The Matrix. Camu's 'Sisyphus'. Beckett's 'Godot'.
Get up and leave the cave. Take the Red pill. Don't wait for Godot. Stop
being gullible and do something.
This is actually what's going on in the U.S. right now... and, strangely,
even in Russia where Ayn Rand's writings are very popular (according to my
If they weren't so determined to impose their beliefs on others, the
Progressives (code word for Marxism and its 6,144 variations)... the
Progressives would see that all the things they claim they want to manifest
(generally, social justice and so forth)... all these things are possible
now. But I don't believe this crowd will ever accept this, any more than
Islam will embrace genuine Human culture.
There's a growing madness and hatred in the world, and we're heading for
another gigantic, morbid catastrophe.
Tim Leary said the solution to our problems can be summed up as: TFYQA
(Think For Yourself, Question Authority). That would be ALL 'authority',
not just the Manichean Devil generated by distorted, uncritical thinking.
But this would require individuals taking responsibility instead of
demanding that all their lusts and greed be satisfied by taxpayers.
Greed, Envy, Hate are the primary motivators of those who make and enforce
policy around the world. Unfortunate for Humanity that at the exact
historical moment when all the lofty ideals of Classical Liberalism could
become the norm, the crybaby, selfish, generally ignorant global
Progressives are doing everything they can to make Humanity revert to
primitive savagery. Thank you Rousseau, for showing Humans how to move
backwards and crawl on all fours (paraphrasing Voltaire's famous response
to Rousseau's 'Social Contract').
Still walking on two legs, and resisting the social pressure to revert to
A Dog Who Smokes
On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 12:15 AM, douglas rankine <
In the UK we have a Health Service which is free to everyone who needs
it, apart from the payment for prescriptions which is subsidised, but
still expensive, but free to the elderly and free to the young and free
to those who can't afford to pay for it. There is free access to
doctors, free consultations, free medical examinations, free operations,
free hospital treatment. It may have its warts in term of waiting times
for certain operations and its failings due to a lack of money, and a
squandering of money, but nevertheless, everyone has access to it. It
is funded via a national insurance stamp which every employee and every
employer contributes to.
There are private hospitals of course and there are options to use
private insurance and to use private doctors where one pays for
everything, which is used mostly by rich people, but the rest of the
population gets its National Health Services for free. Dental treatment
at one time was also free, but nowadays lots of people have to pay for
it, though it is subsidised for some. Optical services and hearing
services have been hived off and passed to the private corporation, but
eye operations and hearing operations are still offered for free under
What I don't understand is why the United States, one of the most
advanced democracies and most powerful economies and industrial bases in
the world, which has a good record of profitability and productivity,
and which spends such huge amounts on its military industrial complex,
particularly in pacifying/dominating the rest of the world, with
military bases everywhere and trying to sell all of us the American way
of life and the American dream, can't provide the above services as part
and parcel of its every day living.
Lots of other countries manage it, particularly in Europe. What is it
about the American psyche that it cannot provide basic health services
for its population, because it is frightened that the good healthy guys
and gals, might somehow subsidise the lethargy and indolence of the
physically and mentally disabled, so making them even more indolent and
disabled. The logic escapes me...perhaps some kind, understanding US
citizen and colleague on this mailing list can explain to me why this is
I mean, do you think that there is something, morally, or politically,
or philosophically wrong with free health and medical care for those who
need it? I just don't understand.