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POLICY: The libertarian bickering conintues!

More bickering between Jon Cohn, me, and the sensible libertarians Arnold Kling & Clark Havinghurst over at Cato Unbound . It’s a follow up to the articles we all wrote, and now Kling replied to all three of us, we’ve all replied back, and he’s replied back too….all extremely good stuff!

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SBD, I give you this paste from the Denmark article: “The vast majority of health care is financed from local (county and municipal) taxes – some 81 per cent of all public healthcare expenditure. Local taxes are levied proportionately on personal income and property. The average county and municipal tax rate for 2002 is 32.6 per cent2 the highest local tax rate in the OECD.” So, how do you think your local ratepayers will react to this kind of tax load? Hell, our local ratepayers fight tooth and nail when commissioners want to raise the property tax rate 1/2 cent.… Read more »

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You misread what I wrote Peter. I said that the Federal Government should stay out of Healthcare. The Denmark system is run at the County level and not the Federal level. This allows less room for corruption and more control to areas that may need it.
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Posted by: Scott C “Although both of them had health care through their employers and an additional third private insurance, the uncovered medical bills are surmounting and rising into the tens of thousands of dollars. Again, these medical bills are not covered by any of their 3 insurance policies. How, I ask, is this possible? How is it that this great country has families working their whole lives, paying into a health care system that is supposed to take care of them should they need it someday, only to find out that someday comes when you least expect it, blanketed… Read more »

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agree with you that the Federal Government shoud stay out of the Healthcare business, or any business for that matter. My reading of our Constitution seems to also agree with this contention. I believe that the best place for these matters to be addressed are at the local or county level. There are two reasons that lead me to this conclusion. The first reason has to do with politics. At least in principal, politicians at the local level are much more held accountable for their actions and they can get booted every four years because of it. When some sort… Read more »

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1/10 of a cent = billions of dollars A Positive Change for Change: My American Dream I am a thirty-four year old, single, white, middle-class, tax paying male who commutes 110 miles round-trip to my full-time, civil service job in another state. I also attend graduate school part-time in the evenings. Not that this matters, for I could be any average American living in this country. Government loves figures and statistics so group me into any category you seem fit. I live life the way I do, not only to pay the bills, but to enhance my self-worth as a… Read more »