I’ve seen a number of bloggers make the claim that because healthcare demands
often sometimes involve life and death scenarios, individual life and liberty go out the window — that individual rights are negated by the fact that someone, anyone, on death’s door is willing to pay whatever is necessary to save their life or their body from permanent and significant disability.
As such, free markets — ie freedom — don’t work* in healthcare.
*It should be noted that such a thing is never mentioned so explicitly. It’s always asserted in a round-a-bout, underhanded, soft, sophisticated sort of way. Mentioning it so directly too quickly and sharply reveals the contradiction, which is painful to accept as a premise in a number of ways yet for a sole reason — contradictions are anti-reality.
Which is a more advanced argument than “greedy corporations can’t be trusted”, or the even more primitive, “greedy corporations make “too much” profit”.
All of which are contradictory nonsense, no matter how cleverly crafted, argued, and debated for.
Why are they contradictory?
Because fundamental to our entire concept of “healthcare”, as pointed out in the video, is, freedom. Capitalism. Individual life, liberty, and property being protected, not violated, by government.
It is beyond nonsensical to say that absolute freedom does not work in “healthcare” — or any other area of any economy — because like all other human values, it’s source is man’s mind, which cannot function under force or compulsion. Every single advancement in medicine and healthcare was a product of individuals working under a capitalist system, to whatever degree was possible in their given time and under their government.
The very profession of “doctor” is a product of capitalism. It’s creation had nothing to fucking do with government. The same goes for our modern concept of hospital — and everything in it.
Nothing we have today in healthcare was possible without freedom. Everything good is a product of man’s mind. Every ailment and problem in healthcare is a product of abandoning man’s mind, either through the direct force of government, or it’s failure to protect individual rights.
It’s failure to remove force from human relationships, and it’s success in incrementally turning doctors into soft slaves.
Police officers are not responsible for you getting raped and showing up 2 hours late.
Emergency room doctors like Doug McGuff on the other hand, face $50,000 in fines for refusing to take in accident victims. That’s $50,000 USD worth of Doug McGuff’s property, confiscated by force, for choosing a certain profession, and violating the rights of no one in the exercise of that profession.
Makes me fucking sick — almost as sick as seeing this “necessary evil” taken to new heights by stating that absolute individual liberty doesn’t work in “healthcare”, or any other area of economy.
— Anthony Dream Johnson