Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Jeff Perren: The Mysterious Egalitarian Impulse

Guest Post by Jeff Perren

Donald Berwick, Obama's pick to head the U.S. Medicare program, is a big fan of the British National Health Service, that disastrous socialized medicine program slowly turning a once-great nation into a Soviet hospital ward. It gets worse. He's quoted in a recent WSJ editorial as having had this to say:

[A]ny health-care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must — must — redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate.
Probably more evil statements than this have emanated from the Administration in the past 18 months — the worst of them no doubt by Cass Sunstein. But this one will do. No wonder Obama made Berwick a recess appointment to avoid any Senate debate about his views.

I've studied a fair amount of history and philosophy over the past forty years, yet it still astounds me how a human being can so blithely ignore the property rights of innocent citizens. I mean, isn't that the sort of idea Americans are supposed to be fed with mosther's milk? It's equally amazing how someone could fail to grasp the obvious contradiction in any form of coerced charity. Maybe I should've studied less of those subjects and more psychology, because this I truly do not understand.

Maybe it's just as someone once said: "anyone who wishes to deny men the right to property, simply wishes to make property of men."

And I can't think of anything more evil — or more puzzling — than that.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't it ironic that the UK is now trying to copy the old US model?

    "David Fleming, national officer for health at the Unite union, said: 'This is an untested, expensive Trojan horse in political dogma that will give private companies an even greater stake in the NHS – this way of operating has already happened in the USA."

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/jul/12/radical-nhs-reform-plans?CMP=AFCYAH

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