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Tory Health Care

Posted by Ryan on September 4, 2007

This article should be a huge wake-up call to many in the United States who want to embrace national health care.  It is a simple principle that goes back to the Enlightenment:  the more the government does for its citizens, the less personal freedoms their subjects have.  When put in the hands of welfare state socialism, we get the UK’s own National Health System crisis, and the bizarre ways some in the Conservative Party think they can save it.  The article also delves into the Tory idea for a school voucher system that could easily slip into forced busing, and some “ownership society”-style housing proposals, but their health care position is a bit scary.

Rewarding people for eating well and living healthy lifestyles, but suggesting that those who do not abide by the state’s mandate of “healthy” living should be snubbed by the system.  This is somehow reasonable?  Sounds like a wonderful system: dictating what people eat and punishing them if they don’t abide!  I suppose they’ll soon suggest using the public camera system to monitor how long or if people jog in the morning.  Since the government controls health care in the UK, the government is using its power of coersion on its own citizens in this case, potentially using their subject’s actual health as their carrot and stick.  To them, a “responsible citizen” worthy of care is only what those few elected elites think it is.  And this is the Tory point of view! 

What plenty of universal government-controlled health care advocates in the US don’t understand is these unintended consequences of nanny-state socialism.  The people’s own choices and decisions are taken out of the equation; thereby their personal freedoms are reduced.  In a free market system, it is up to the health care provider to determine who should get coverage.  If a person does not qualify, they can shop around to many other HMOs.  However, persuasion is not coersion.  Perks for healthy living is one thing, but punishment for eating certain foods too much is bordering on totalitarian. 

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