...when Mr. Moore mentioned that "every industrial country" except the United States has adopted medical socialism, he did not mention why that means that we should. Many of those countries still have monarchies. Should the United States? Many of those countries have established state religions. Should the United States? Many of those countries have long waiting lists and severe rationing of health care."That last question," says van Horn, "is the perfect rejoinder to Moore's variant of the argument from intimidation, in which he implies that socialism is, somehow, more enlightened than capitalism and that 'everyone else agrees with him." NZers who 'enjoy' long waiting lists and severe rationing of health care here might not be in the cheerleaders' van. Read on here for Moore of Ralston's commentary.
Should the United States?
UPDATE: Libertarianz health deregulation spokeman Dr Richard McGrath points out that "More Socialism Won't Resuscitate Dying Health Industry."
"For seventy-plus years, we have had state interference in the practice of [NZ] health care," said Dr McGrath. "Where has it got us? We still have endless waiting lists and an overburdened, over-regulated workforce of demoralized health workers."
"The public hospital system is a disgrace," he added. "Socialism has nearly destroyed it. How much more evidence do we need before we accept that socialized medicine just does not work? Not only that, but it is also immoral, because it is bankrolled by money that is extorted from the productive, and rationed out as though it was a limited resource."
"Socialism is a cancer that has taken a heavy toll on the lives of New Zealanders," said Dr McGrath...