Matthew Holt

Rantology: Cannon on Freedom or Power?

Ah-ha. Michael Cannon has now replied to me and it basically comes down in his mind to me being a  crypto-fascist Stalinist wanting to break the will of the American people mediated through its representatives, the health care industry lobbyists. His piece is The Ultimate Question: Freedom or Power?

He closes by saying that I could only fix the health care system by getting rid of constitutional democracy. And Michael’s right.

But I have one small correction, the problem is American constitutional democracy. Plenty of countries have written or unwritten constitutions that enable parliamentary parties to govern and make significant changes to social systems, like health care, for the general good of the population as the electorate sees fit. (The UK, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Taiwan and a few others come to mind). Last I checked they were all Democracies with much much higher voting participation than ours. The US Constitution and its associated “constitutional democracy” doesn’t allow such changes due to many factors all highlighted by the highly undemocratic nature of the Senate.

We are beholden to what was written down over 200 years ago by a bunch of white, male, slave owners living in an agrarian society. So when we have an obvious problem with a relatively obvious set of solutions, we can’t get fix it because of the freedom of special interests to overwhelm both the will of the people and the right answer.

So we keep those “freedoms,” which means that I get the unwanted “freedom” of having to buy insurance for my employees in a corrupt market place, and 50–80 million Americans get the freedom to face financial ruin if they get sick.

Perhaps I can give him my freedom and Michael will come over and help me choose my insurance?

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Thanky Thanky for all this good information!

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Most of the other advanced developed countries have universal health care which keeps their population physically and financially healthy. Why do we let the medical industrial complex bleed us financially when we are healthy and leave us to die when we get sick?
It may take a true revolution to break the power of the corporations. I’m ready for a socialist revolution

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dhimbje shpine
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At the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center there has also been rather open access for patients for at least a few years, although not as open as described in this Boston project. There have been a few patients who have become upset or who have disputed the veracity of the recorded notes, examination, or medical history. A process allows them to either dispute or enter information into their own charts. This openness dovetails well with the VA’s policy of providing full-time patient advocates to assist our patients if they have concerns or complaints. It has been my impression that… Read more »

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I would love it if the people in this here united states would just get up off their arses shut up and pay their own medical bills out of their own pockets and stay out of mine period. I truly believe in taking care of myself without someone else trying to tell me where I can spend my money I earned, and on what!

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MD as HELL
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MD as HELL

Jeff, I have changed my mind. Bring on single payor. Bring on universal coverage. I will make 3 times what I make now, since I won’t be giving away free care anymore. I will have to give up my principle concern that the country will go to Hell and go broke, but in the short run it will be great. That is, afterall, the time frame of this discussion. It will also be fair, since everyone will have to buy coverage, instead of just not paying their bills as is now the case. But since we are going to cover… Read more »

jd
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jd

Jeff, hat’s off to you on that one.

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Jeff O'Connor

@MD as Hell, Yes, this is my real name. What’s yours? And yes, I would say the health and well being of the public is key to promoting “the general welfare.” As for it’s cost, the status quo is currently bankrupting us, both in the public and private sector (witness GM and Chrysler’s woes – it’s hard to be cost-competitive when you’re tacking a $1,600 per vehicle surcharge on every vehicle). I’m not going to get sucked into your class-warfare bull about “wealth redistribution.” The very definition of “politics” is the “authoritative allocation of value.” Every thing the government does… Read more »

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AJ Brazier

There are those who value democracy as a mechanism for preserving a set of institutional and legal protections for individual liberties, and there are those who value the simple exercise of casting ballots as a means of aggregating the will of the majority and translating it directly into whatever end the majority desires at that particular moment in history. Given the tenor of Holt’s previous comments, all of the signs that his sympathies most closely align with the latter camp – but it’s nice of him to make that explicit. Still better for him to make it the ideological platform… Read more »

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Tom Leith

Margalit asks: > Providing health care to all is unconstitutional??? Of course not: the states can provide health care to all just as they provide public education to all. There may be constitutional issues varying from state to state about the means by which this may be accomplished in each of them, but there would certainly be no federal constitutional issues. This is not organized very well — I apologize. But here goes: It seems to me the federal constitutional question comes to whether medical insurance is “general welfare” or “particular welfare”. Does the fact that all personally and directly… Read more »

John R. Graham
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Matthew Holt, you keep complaining about having to buy your employees’ health benefits. I agree: If you had to choose their housing, automobiles, groceries, and clothing, etc., because of a malformed tax policy, you’d be even more frustrated. Logically, you should support reforms that allow each individual to buy a guaranteed renewable, incentive compatible, health-status insurance policy that is portable life-long. Instead, you appear to support government monopoly. It’s as if you were frustrated at having to find long-term housing for your employees and decided everyone should live in public housing as a solution, instead of freeing everyone to choose… Read more »

Dr. Rick Lippin
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Just a comment on freedom and health. I believe a free people are generally a healthier people. (They even breathe more freely)
So as a Doc for years I believed that freedom was actually an understudied/undervalued bone-fida health issue
But I have come to reject the notion that my love of freedom should sway me from my moral belief that all Americans should have access to quality health care.
Freedom is wonderful but we must not “trade human flesh and human souls in the marketplace”
That,I posit,is NOT what America was or should be about.
Dr. Rick Lippin
Southampton,Pa
http://medicalcrises.blogspot.com

Margalit Gur-Arie
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Let me understand this. Providing health care to all is unconstitutional???
Let’s just shut down the public schools while we’re at it. I’m sure the people are entitled to the freedom to be illiterate to complement their freedom to be sick, poor and homeless.

MD as HELL
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MD as HELL

Why bother trying to debate with a vendor?