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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