Is medical care a Right?

Alexander Berezin berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA
Wed Jun 19 15:17:44 EST 1996

On Wed, 19 Jun 1996, Steve wrote:

> You are both correct and incorrect in what you say here.  Enlarging the pool 
> is an excellent way to keep costs to a minimum but what makes the federal 
> employees' insurance program working is the competition.  Every insurance 
> company out there wants a piece of the federal pie and therefore keeps their 
> prices low in order to be part of the system.  Go to a national health care 
> system where people are FORCED into the program and all competition will be 
> lost.  The same thing will happen as happened with Medicare.  Costs will 
> skyrocket and the only way to control these costs will be <gasp> rationing.
> Steve

It is amaizing to see how strongly Americans believe 
in competition. ('only competition makes things work',
etc). While in reality it doesn't. To put is shortly,
it fails to deliver. What you need is to move from
competition to cooperation. Leave competition to
Tonya Harding and likes. Without the universal medical 
care USA simply won't make it to the next century.
If you don't believe, proofs are forethcoming soon. 

Alex Berezin 
(Canadian fully covered for $ 30 [ Can ] per month) 

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