The Wonder Wander

04/30/2011

Health Care Rationing

Filed under: Government,Politics — Tom Malley @ 12:28 pm
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While we debate health care and talk about rationing, just remember that there has always been health care rationing. When cost is a factor in deciding whether or not to undergo medical treatment you have rationing, and the person paying the bill is the rationer.

For example, consider a time when health insurance was not as common as it is today. In those days some terminally ill patients elected to forgo treatment rather than bankrupt their families. This was especially true when the treatment was expensive and could only hope to prolong life for a short time.

When health insurance became more available, people became more willing to undergo expensive treatment, even if it only provided a few extra months of life. Why not, if the insurance company is paying for it?  However, sometimes the insurance company elects not to pay for it. Now we have corporate rationing instead of self-rationing.

If the government takes over the role of health insurance or even becomes a player in reducing expenditures on health care, then we will move from corporate rationing to government rationing. The more involved the government is with controlling medical expenditures, the more government will be involved in rationing.

That’s just the way it is. That’s the way it has always been.

04/25/2011

Your Social Contract

Filed under: Government — Tom Malley @ 10:57 am

I came across this social contract many years ago.  It was published in 1989, but the idea goes back hundreds of years.  I like it because it makes me think about what it means that I choose to live here in the United States and how that choice affects my relationship with the government of the United States.

As you read, think about the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  In a practical sense, which document better reflects your relationship with the government?

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SOCIAL CONTRACT
between an individual and the United States Government

WHEREAS    I wish to reside on the North American Continent, and
WHEREAS    The United States Government controls the area of the continent on which I wish to reside, and
WHEREAS    tacit or implied contracts are vague and therefore unenforceable,

I agree to the following terms:

Section 1:  I will surrender a percentage of my property to the Government.  The actual percentage will be determined by the Government and will be subject to change at any time.  The amount to be surrendered may be based on my income, the value of my property, the value of my purchases, or any other criteria the Government chooses.  To aid the Government in determining the percentage, I will apply for a Government identification number that I will use in all my major financial transactions.

Section 2:  Should the Government demand it, I will surrender my liberty for a period of time determined by the Government and typically no shorter than 2 years.  During that time, I will serve the Government in any way it chooses, including military service in which I may be called upon to sacrifice my life.

Section 3:  I will limit my behavior as demanded by the Government.  I will consume only those drugs permitted by the Government.  I will limit my sexual activities to those permitted by the Government.  I will forsake religious beliefs that conflict with the Government’s determination of propriety.  More limits may be imposed at any time.

Section 4:  In consideration for the above, the Government  will permit me to find employment, subject to limits that will be determined by the Government.  These limits may restrict my choice of career or the wages I may accept.

Section 5:  The Government will permit me to reside in the area of North America that it controls.  Also, the Government will permit me to speak freely, subject to the limits determined by the Government’s Congress and Supreme Court.

Section 6:  The Government will attempt to protect my life and my claim to the property it has allowed me to keep.  I agree not to hold the Government liable if it fails to protect me or my property.

Section 7:  The Government will offer various services to me.  The nature and extent of these services will be determined by the Government and are subject to change at any time.

Section 8:  The Government will determine whether I may vote for certain Government officials.  The influence of my vote will vary inversely with the number of voters, and I understand that it typically will be minuscule.  I agree not to hold any elected Government officials liable for acting against my best interests or for breaking promises, even if those promises motivated me to vote for them.

Section 9:  I agree that the Government may hold me fully liable if I fail to abide by the above terms.  In that event, the Government may confiscate any property that I have not previously surrendered to it, and may imprison me for a period of time to be determined by the Government.  I also agree that the Government may alter the terms of this contract at any time.

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Signature                                                            Date

Copyright 1989 by Robert E. Alexander, Liberty, 1989.  May be copied and distributed freely.

04/20/2011

Welcome to The Wonder Wander

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom Malley @ 3:33 pm
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What’s a wonder wander?  That’s the meandering walk people do when they are trying to figure out where they are.  It is a good metaphor for what this blog is about: spurious topics with no real point except to express my viewpoint.

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