Mr. Mango, I STRONGLY disagree with you. I know I risk starting a VERY LONG discussion and also have total clarity that neither of us will probably be convinced, but I digress.
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If you don’t like the procedures your insurance company is picking, you can CHANGE your insurance company.
Except there’s a little thing called monopoly. That’s what the big companies ACTUALLY do when there’s no control on part of the government. And even if they didn’t, being subject to the same market laws make them adopt similar politics. If you look at your country’s health care plans they are all pretty similar at the same price range. If you are rich you get good health care. If you are middle-class you get good health care, but this really cripples your budget. If you are poor you are totally screwed.
But when the govt is running an enforced healthcare monopoly, like in Canada or the UK, you don’t have a choice, unless you have zee beaucoup bucks. If you think private care in the US is expensive, try private care in the UK or Canada.
Except you don’t NEED private care there. Because public care actually works pretty well (and if you look up actual data you’ll see that Canada’s system is among the best five in the world and the English one has its failures, but overall works pretty well, certainly way better then the one you guys got).
You see, I live in a third world country. And I’m proud to say that even though the average Brazilian probably have worst health care then the average American, people under the poverty line here are not just gonna be tossed in the streets in the name of “free competition”.
And About the “4 ways of spending money” thing: this is only true if the person you’re talking about is a total bastard.
Bottom line what I’m saying is that economic liberalism has been proven false by history (no, I’m not a liberal, I’m a libertarian, BIG difference) throw virtue of successive crises where the countries had to - guess what? - intervene in the economy in order not to crumble.
I particularly think that no condition essential to human dignity should be left to private corporation, because they simply won’t provide it. I also believed in meritocracy but about 15 I started to seriously study history and then I realized it doesn’t work simply because not all people START at the same point to begin with.
Really, what are you afraid of? Communism? Look at the world: Russia is a not-so-solid capitalist economy, China is a crazy dictatorship that lives under market rules, except internally and Cuba… really… poor Cuba. Do you really still need to operate into cold-war era paradigms?
Eye for an eye and everybody ends up blind.