[ExI] Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster

Damien Sullivan phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Sat Jun 11 15:00:03 UTC 2011

On Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 04:09:02PM +0200, Stefano Vaj wrote:

>    On the contrary, I am inclined to believe that Obamacare itself has
>    nothing especially "socialist" in any plausible sense of the word. It
>    is just "welfarist", but it does not imply any especial change in the
>    ownership or planning of the relevant business.

If you define 'socialized' as "central planning", then Obamacare could
be seen as a small step toward socialized health insurance.  Certainly
it's more regulated health insurance.  The actual health *care* doesn't
change much  And conversely, the Exchanges are meant to increase the
competition between health insurers, which is odd for 'socialized'.

Germanys get to choose among 200 "sickness funds", I don't think any
Americans have a tenth of that level of choice in health insurer.

-xx- Damien X-) 

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