When the lights go out...

More evidence for the coming Endarkenment:

Health coverage, he said, is not about economics. "It's a moral issue," [Gephardt] insisted. "It is immoral for people not to be covered by health insurance." And he closed by riffing with a preacher's rhythm on the refrain "We're all tied together" to evangelize about mutual responsibilities and social obligations. [...]

Not long ago, a politician who used the word "moral" was about to talk about "permissiveness" and "cultural decline." But the new "moral majority" being forged on the campaign trail is built on a yearning for community and a promise of social justice. [...]

"This is not about economic issues," [Edwards] insisted. "This is about right and wrong." Reducing poverty, Edwards said, is "a moral responsibility." [...]

The day before, at a convention center in Dubuque overlooking a frozen Mississippi River, Sen. John F. Kerry, who has also gained ground, transformed the fiscal into the spiritual. "We don't just have a broken budget in the United States of America, we have a broken value system," he said to loud cheers. "The American people can't just have an economy they work for. They need an economy that works for them." [...]

Gephardt is direct about this. "I think Bush believes we're all separated, isolated individuals," he says. In Gephardt's alternative world, Americans remember that when too many are jobless, merchants will have no one to sell to and that children who grow up in poverty are more likely to turn to crime. How can we ignore our obligation to help others when all of us... [...]

It would be irresponsible of me not to state in clearest terms what this is, to pretend these are simply opinions equally as valid as others, or to let it pass without comment.

They're not even trying to hide it anymore. This is simply full-blown socialism.

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"This is simply full-blown

"This is simply full-blown socialism"

And it's right out in the open with few souls even noticing. Sad days for true Americans.

thats what we live with

thats what we live with every day in Kanada. just wait until they form the 'KBC' (Kultural Broadcasting Corp.). George Orwell is laughing/crying in his grave.

How about Kerry? Health

How about Kerry? Health care is not a privilege. It's a right--i.e., everyone is born with an inherent right to receive something at the expense of other people's labor.

And it's pretty clear who ultimately benefits from this "progressive" entitlement. Gephart himself made it clear, in mentioning that his 60% tax credit would make large corporations more competitive against small companies that don't provide health insurance as an employee benefit, and against foreign firms in countries with a national health service. "Public" health insurance is a way of cartelizing a particular part of labor costs through the state, so they're no longer an issue of cost competition or competition in the labor market among firms.

If you look hard enough, behind every "progressive" measure to help the little guy, you'll see a David Rockefeller or Gerard Swope.

43 million Americans have no

43 million Americans have no health insurance. They do two things as a result: (1) get uncompensated emergency care from hospitals and (2) die sooner. Hospitals are teetering on the edge of insolvency everywhere in America. At the same time, we are spending more per capita than other western countries on health care and doing worse on key health indicators, particularly infant mortality and life expectancy.

Like it or not, these are problems that need to be addressed. The "free market" isn't doing the job.

Mithras, What ever gave you


What ever gave you the idea we've got a "free market"?

The problems with the healthcare industry are caused by state capitalism, not the free market. Here are some genuine free market solutions that might actually help:

1) do away with drug patents, which are anti-market, state-conferred monopolies. The result would be a drop of as much as 95% in the cost of some drugs.

2) radically scale back (at least) the power of the FDA. At present, a new drug has to be proven, not only non-harmful, but efficaceous as well. In practice, that means Big Pharma uses the FDA to suppress alternative medicine.

3) break the corrupt alliance of the medical licensing boards, the FDA, and Big Pharma, and their stranglehold on the med school curriculum and standards of practice. Maybe then people would be more likely to hear of remedies like B-6 for hypertension, Co-Enzyme Q-10 for congestive heart failure, etc.

The solution to the healthcare crisis is not to introduce even more statism, centralization, and top-down control. It's to eliminate those elements to the extent that they already exist. A viable healthcare system will be radically decentralized and consumer-driven. It will probably look like a cross between the Ithaca Health co-op and the Chinese barefoot doctor system, with a medical school curriculum designed by Dr. Andrew Weil.

Your argument, BTW, seems to follow the standard template of soccer mom politics:

Something needs to be done (for the children);
X is something;
therefore X needs to be done!