[ExI] insurance may be dangerous, was RE: surefire way to prevent street robbery

Post Futurist p0stfuturist at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 21 05:18:53 UTC 2009

But universal health insurance does have a placebo effect :)
btw, being so cynical how could I have ever been a social progressive? well, since you asked, my dad was a communist in the '30s, and after being in WWII, he was a liberal the rest of his life. He thought if you tell anyone what to do, you are in some way being like Hitler. Not to say he was libertarian, no; he had no core beliefs of any sort. 
Squishy liberal would be the appropriate moniker.

--- On Sun, 9/20/09, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

From: spike <spike66 at att.net>
Subject: [ExI] insurance may be dangerous, was RE:  surefire way to prevent street robbery
To: "'ExI chat list'" <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 11:01 PM

....On Behalf Of Post Futurist
    Subject: [ExI] surefire way to prevent street robbery
    You tell the mugger, "I'm a transhumano-extropian", and he will take
out his own wallet, saying, "so sorry, here is all my cash"...

Because I was camping for a solid month, I am way behind on email and news,
but I just heard the Senator from Chappaquiddick passed away some time last

When I read about the commentary regarding muggers, I think of the health
reform plan that would require everyone, even the young and healthy to buy
health insurance.  Seems to make sense in a way, for they are at some risk
of developing health problems, even if low, and their having little capital
means the non-insured young externalize their risk onto society.

But here's a new spin for you: the money they are forced to spend on health
insurance could otherwise be spent on moving into a safer neighborhood.  If
we compel the young and healthy to buy health insurance, we may actually
*increase* their overall risk of being injured or seriously killed.


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