Skip to comments.Moral Arguments for the Free Market to Run Healthcare
Posted on 03/30/2017 4:18:47 PM PDT by Jim W N
The greatest moral argument for the free market is the freedom of individuals pursuing their hopes and dreams without government coercion or interference. Freedom is Americas greatest virtue and moral value. Freedom is a God-given right to every man and the inherent desire to be free from government oppression and coercion is so strong in man, he will die to get it and die to defend it. Many have died in the defense of American freedom and many have died trying to escape tyranny to reach a free America.
Defending freedom in peacetime has proven to be more difficult than in wartime. Government weasels its way into our lives with promises of making life better. The demagogues sell it, the gullible buy it. But trading ones freedom for a better life government program, be it The Great Society or any the welfare program before or since, is always a losing transaction. The results of all these government social programs that manage peoples lives have been an increase in poverty.
Government never delivers a better life, only more restraint on individual freedom and the individuals ability to improve his own life. Government was never designed to improve anyones life and doesnt care about improving it. Government was designed to protect your freedom. Outside of its protective role, government creates poverty. The individual, not government, cares about to improving his life. The historical record shows that in the role of managing peoples lives, government always creates more poverty. But wealth is created by the free market, borne out by the historical record of America in the 1800s until the early 1900s.
Misapplied to the free market, the saying that greed has little or no concern for the doctor patient relationship or the health of the individual is actually a perfect description of how government works when it unconstitutionally meddles in our lives. Greed, corruption, and theft is found in greater magnitude in government than anywhere else. Government wants to insert itself into every facet of your life that it possibly can because it wants YOUR money and MORE power. The federal government is NOT your friend. It was never designed to be you friend and was never meant to be your friend.
The feds' desire to commandeer your healthcare has NOTHING to do with your health at all but it has everything to do with greed and avarice. A distant, bloated, and stupid bureaucracy with a bureaucratic head who wants to expand his fiefdom with more power and more of your money, inserts itself between you and your doctor while knowing and caring little about you or your doctor. Government healthcare is like turning your doctor's office and hospital into the DMV. Take a number. What? Youre dying? Sorry, we cant do anything about that. Sit down, and shut up. Maybe well call your number. We need to get that.
We need to understand that federal meddling in healthcare is patently unconstitutional. That alone should be the end of the debate but, sadly, does not seem to be.
So we also need to understand what the free market is. The free market is the voluntary cooperation between buyers and sellers pursing their interests in the open competition of the marketplace. It is freedom in action. It is what made America the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth until the feds unconstitutionally began weakening individual freedom in America since about the mid 1930's.
The opportunities and incentives in the free market economy tends to bring out the best in people: initiative, imagination, ingenuity, inspiration and integrity all in the self-interest of free pursuits in the marketplace between buyers and sellers. Generally, a free people are strong morally, spiritually, and economically. America, especially in the 1800's, is a good example of a market economy free from government interference where the average American was better off than those in other countries. Little, resource-poor Hong Kong is another example of the wealth created by a free market economy.
In contrast, a government command-and-control economy saps initiative because there is very little opportunity or incentive. That is why socialist countries around the world like Russia, China, and Mexico are so poor economically. In contrast to its generally backward poor agrarian economy, Communist China's almost overnight successes in its "free-trade zones" like Shanghai show at least the potential of what free markets can do.
The best healthcare is where there is a direct relationship between the patient (buyer) who is free to choose his doctor, and the doctor (the seller) who is free to charge whatever he chooses. The patient searches for the best quality care for the best price and the doctor works to provide the best care for a reasonable price (else he will have few patients). This voluntary arrangement is what made healthcare in America the best in the world until the feds began mucking it up in the 1970's.
Many have been brainwashed by leftist government schools about what self interest is and the difference between self interest and greed. Self interest is a God-given human trait that is necessary for self preservation and well-being. Self interest is healthy and is what drives the free market economy. The desire for profit is not greed. Everybody is born with a desire to profit. Don't you want to profit in your endeavors? Of course you do. Everyone does.
Greed on the other hand is an unreasonable and excessive desire for wealth and power. The problem isn't "greed" per se. That's simply one of many human flaws. The problem is what's implied when the incendiary word "greed" is used: the lust for wealth and power AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS - the exact definition of the corruption we have in today's federal government. The lying leftist government schools make no distinction between self interest and greed and call all desire for personal profit "greed" - with one BIG exception: those in government. Somehow, those in government are angelic beings who have no desire to put food on the table for their families or have the finer things in life. But in fact we know those in government, especially career politicians, are the greediest and most corrupt group found anywhere. That is one reason Trump got elected.
So the lying leftist government schools conspicuously do not mention the greed of government officials, bureaucratic heads, and politicians in their lust for more and more power by essentially "legally" stealing more and more of your money. Eventually (we're almost there) the government thinks ALL of you money actually belongs to them. If that isn't greed, I don't know what is.
Is there greed in the marketplace? Of course. Buyers and sellers are humans aren't they? They are just like the humans that run the government except for a big difference. In the free and open marketplace, competitive forces will curb greed at the expense of others because buyers always look for the best quality at the best price. If you're not careful, greediness can bounce you out of business. Many in the free market are there for healthy self interest. Some are there for greed. But in the free market it doesn't really matter because the marketplace itself will weed out those who don't perform honestly with quality products or services because again, buyers in their own self interest always look for value. You can only cheat for so long and then you'll be gone.
Not so in government. Some politicians make a career of cheating the American people and often get promoted for doing so. All they have to do is lie to enough gullible people and hide their corruption and extortion. Happens all the time.
Bribes you say? "Crony capitalism" you say? Bad free enterprise and their bribes? Well think again. There is no such thing as "crony capitalism. Only CORRUPT GOVERNMENT. Free enterprise is not doing its job if it is not looking for every legitimate way to cut costs and increase revenues. If government is offering to give a business or an industry an edge through "subsides " or flat-out bribes from special-interest lobbies, free enterprise would be negligent and stupid not to take advantage of such competitive edge. But on the governments part, it is pure illegality and corruption. It is the bribe-taking feds that are committing unconstitutional acts and are outside the law. Get the feds out of the marketplace where they don't constitutionally belong and all this special-interest crap and lobbyist bribes will be gone. That is the answer to government corruption mislabeled "crony capitalism".
Government hates the free market because government hates freedom in general because freedom is the ABSENCE OF GOVERNMENT and its coercion. A major difference between the free market economy and government command-and-control economy and is the free market is voluntary - people exercising their God-given rights to their pursuits as they see fit - whereas the government is coercive and force is used with the threat of imprisonment.
Government is not your friend. It basically does one thing every well: force its will on others. If it is kept small and constitutional, that force can be for our good (ex. the local police). Our federal government was basically designed by the Constitution to do one thing: use force to protect us from invasion and incursion into our freedoms. Government is like a deadly wolf meant to protect us from our enemies but if it chews through its chain, it can turn and kill those it's supposed to be protecting. That is what has happened in America. The feds have chewed through its constitutional chain and is poised to destroy our individual rights and freedoms.
Whether all of this is "conservative" I don't know. I don't care about "conservative" whatever that is. I care about restoring our Free Constitutional Republic.
The time has come, due to the USA history of unsurpassed wealth, and her dripping rich natural resources, and Christian fought for freedom of her brains, brawn and bread, to speak with clarity about the have-nots.
That is our modern problem, and the Left wants it addressed, as well as most all caring Christian people do, but the timing is during a collapse that could yet send us over the cliff, certainly if Trump can not steer the stubborn haters out there into learning about GROWTH, and into spending what ever it take to bring it.
History demonstrates that government makes the lot of the have-not’s worse and increases their number.
History also demonstrates that the free market betters the lot of have-nots and decreases their number.
I meant for the article to clearly make that point.
Apparently it is not enough to show that government social programs are not only corrupt and disastrous, but also patently unconstitutional.
Freedom and the free market economy isn’t prefect but it is way ahead of whatever’s in second place.
The problem is government has the press corps and the loudspeakers. Freedom has no press corps and the daily success of the free market economy goes largely unnoticed and unheralded. But the results of economic well-being of the average American from the market economy free from government interference are historical fact for anyone who will pay attention.
Are there enough true Americans who will stand and fight for constitutional freedom against unconstitutional federal tyranny? I hope so.
I was looking through some old papers last night and ran across the hospital bill for a hernia operation I had when I was 2 yrs old. 1957. They charged $17.60 per night for my post-op stay of two nights. No other fees.
“The greatest moral argument for the free market is the freedom of individuals pursuing their hopes and dreams without government coercion or interference.”
Then we should eliminate corporations, patents, copyrights, various licenses and all the law that goes with them.
Thanks for posting this.
Patents and copyrights are constitutionally authorized by the feds. The rest belong to the states and the people, not the feds.
“Patents and copyrights are constitutionally authorized by the feds.”
Which enables the “government coercion or interference” you write against.
“The rest belong to the states...not the feds.”
By which I take you to mean the state governments not the federal government. But “government” is “government” and you didn’t distinguish between state governments and the federal government when you wrote “government coercion or interference”.
By the way, you wrote “Patents and copyrights are constitutionally authorized by the feds” but I don’t think “the feds” constitutionally authorized anything here. The United States Constitution authorizes patents and copyrights and it also authorizes the Federal Government, though not necessarily everything the Federal Government does.
Perhaps the opening sentence of the piece you wrote does not clearly state what you want to state. Perhaps you believe some Federal and or State government coercion and interference are appropriate, say in the areas of patents, copyrights, various licenses and so forth.
As I said in the article, If government is kept small and constitutional, that force can be for our good (ex. the local police). Our federal government was basically designed by the Constitution to do one thing: use force to protect us from invasion and incursion into our freedoms.
As far as the Constitution authorizing the feds, Article VI, Clause 2, the ninth amendment, and the tenth amendment all confirm that the feds are only authorized by those powers specifically delegated and enumerated in the Constitution. But the Left and the lovers of unlimited government power have essentially been allowed to abandon the Constitution and its limits on the feds. Today, most federal acts and bureaucracies are unconstitutional. That is THE #1 political issue of our day in America.
"The greatest moral argument for the free market is the freedom of individuals pursuing their hopes and dreams without government coercion or interference" holds true, temporary patent protection, a relatively minor issue, notwithstanding.
The above isn't perfect but it's better.
As relates to the subject matter at hand - healthcare along with everything else in the marketplace - the issue isn’t some collateral temporary patent thing, it is the feds needing to GET OUT and allow the freedom of individuals to do as they please about their health, their doctor, and their life.
“... it is the feds needing to GET OUT and allow the freedom of individuals to do as they please about their health, their doctor, and their life.”
All that does is bring us back to my original comment: “Then we should eliminate corporations, patents, copyrights, various licenses and all the law that goes with them.”
Try something like this for an opening:
“The greatest moral argument for the free market is the freedom of individuals pursuing their hopes and dreams without government coercion or interference beyond that which is necessary to secure the rights of the people. In the case of Healthcare, the Federal Government has exceeded its bounds.”
Then go on to revise your article accordingly, making sure as necessary to distinguish between the Federal government, State governments and Local governments as well as the US Constitution and State Constitutions.
Your heart seems to be in the right place but you writing could use some work.
The greatest moral argument for the free market is the freedom of individuals pursuing their hopes and dreams without government coercion or interference.”
And, yes you should eliminate federal corporation laws and licensing laws because they are unconstitutional.
Freedom is the moral argument for the free market. Temporary patent law doesn’t change that. Temporary patent law is protective, not intrusive.
“And, yes you should eliminate federal corporation laws and licensing laws because they are unconstitutional.”
The thing is, when you wrote “without government coercion or interference” you didn’t limit it to the Federal Government, therefore State and Local governments are included by default, meaning their corporation and licensing laws should be eliminated too.
Patent law along with copyright law may be protective for some but they are rightfully coercive and interfering in regard to others who would take action if not for those laws. The fact that they are Constitutional doesn’t change that.
Seems like I’ve been unable to help you with the piece you wrote, so “Bye”.
According to you, Jefferson should have changed the Declaration of Independence to read,
“[All men] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, except for patent law.”
Kinda dumb huh? Not too reasonable. No, truth stands but actual practice may incorporate certain exceptions. The exceptions don’t change the truth of the rule.
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