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

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 12:10:48 UTC 2011

On 13 June 2011 20:34, Damien Sullivan <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu> wrote:

> It's a Rube Goldberg emulation of single payer: instead of raising taxes
> and buying truly socialized insurance, we'll make everyone pay premiums,
> give subsidies to the poor, and take taxes from the rich.  Instead of
> paying Tax, the rich will pay premium plus tax; instead of paing little
> tax, the poor will pay preimum minus subsidy.  Math comes out the same,
> minus the inefficiency of the extra transfers and of supporting lots of
> profit-seeking insurers instead of having a single public pool.

In fact, truly socialised medicine is exactly the same as the socialised
military defence, or justice system, that exist even in the US.

That is, the health care sector is publicly owned, and its resources are
allocated and/or distributed on the basis of political decisions (which need
not be "egalitarian", btw).

Then, perhaps, in some circumstances private parties may decide to resort to
arbitration tribunals for justice, or to mercenary "contractors" for
defence, - or, in our case, to foreign or private physicians willing to
serve them for a price.

Stefano Vaj
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