Thursday, March 09, 2006

"THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD'S LESSON FOR TODAY'S HEALTH CARE CRISIS"

We welcome your comments about our blurb "THE CENTRAL PACIFIC RAILROAD'S LESSON FOR TODAY'S HEALTH CARE CRISIS." Do you agree or disagree? Do you have any insights that you would be willing to contribute to the discussion of this controversial subject? We think that the easily fixed health insurance mess that government intervention has created is literally a matter of life and death. It is of great concern that as a result of misdiagnosing the problem, many people believe that more government intervention will help, not understanding that more of the same will only make healthcare worse. We are sure that HillaryCare or any of the various misguided calls for more government amount to nothing more than a slippery slope leading to a lethal single payor system with all the efficiency of FEMA and all the compassion of the IRS. Have we drawn the correct lessons from history? Click on "POST A COMMENT" (First click on "COMMENTS" if you are on an index page) to add your thoughts.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Robert McManigal said...

Your article about health care is one of the best I have read. Too bad members of Congress are blind to the action of the market place.

5/16/2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Also see the Consumer-Directed Health Care Blog.

11/06/2006 7:59 PM  
Blogger Harry Lime said...

Your wild-eyed, amateurish political asides spoil otherwise interesting history.

5/14/2007 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry,

The fact that just for Medicare/Social Security, the "professionals" have run up an astronomical $74.8 trillion unfunded liability should be enough to make anyone sensible rather wild eyed – so, what exactly makes you think that "amateurish" is an insult?

Health care funding is a disaster because of "professionals" who think they are smarter than consumers (i.e., amateurs). Save us from insurance companies and government programs trying to run our lives, and let people make health care purchasing decisions according to their preferences, just as we do for food, clothing, transportation, housing and other essentials. Insurance has to be limited to unexpected large expenditures, not routine expenses, or we will all be bankrupted by misguided good intentions.

5/14/2007 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodman's Law: "innovation and entrepreneurship are inversely proportional to the degree of third-party payment."

10/01/2007 8:06 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material." — Watson & Crick (1953)

5/25/2008 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What economists can teach us about discrimination in healthcare.

6/16/2008 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy evolution! The theory's 150th anniversary.

7/01/2008 10:37 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog says that "a fascinating new book, America's Health Care Crisis Solved, by Pat Rooney and Dan Perrin [is] a must-read for anyone interested in health policy."

7/01/2008 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Did ya hear the one about the HMO director meeting St. Peter at the pearly gates? He was told that he can go into heaven ... but can only stay for three days."

8/10/2008 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. " —George Orwell

9/12/2008 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... Democrats' Health Care Agenda:

"if you're very old ... too expensive ... we're going to let you die." —Robert Reich

10/14/2009 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ronald Reagan Speaks Out On Socialized Medicine, 1961:

"As if we’re not already overextended enough financially, the issue of National Health Care is now on the table once more vote. Here’s some perspective you might find interesting.

Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program.

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.


Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesitatingly vote against it. We had an example of this. Under the Truman administration it was proposed that we have a compulsory health insurance program for all people in the United States, and, of course, the American people unhesitatingly rejected this.

Let’s take a look at social security itself. Again, very few of us disagree with the original premise that there should be some form of savings that would keep destitution from following unemployment by reason of death, disability or old age. And to this end, social security was adopted, but it was never intended to supplant private savings, private insurance, pension programs of unions and industries.

Now in our country under our free enterprise system we have seen medicine reach the greatest heights that it has in any country in the world. Today, the relationship between patient and doctor in this country is something to be envied any place. The privacy, the care that is given to a person, the right to chose a doctor, the right to go from one doctor to the other.

But let’s also look from the other side, at the freedom the doctor loses. A doctor would be reluctant to say this. Well, like you, I am only a patient, so I can say it in his behalf. The doctor begins to lose freedoms; it’s like telling a lie, and one leads to another. First you decide that the doctor can have so many patients. They are equally divided among the various doctors by the government. But then the doctors aren’t equally divided geographically, so a doctor decides he wants to practice in one town and the government has to say to him you can’t live in that town, they already have enough doctors. You have to go some place else. And from here it is only a short step to dictating where he will go." ...

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12/17/2009 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... "This is a freedom that I wonder whether any of us have the right to take from any human being. All of us can see what happens once you establish the precedent that the government can determine a man’s working place and his working methods, determine his employment. From here it is a short step to all the rest of socialism, to determining his pay and pretty soon your children won’t decide when they’re in school where they will go or what they will do for a living. They will wait for the government to tell them where they will go to work and what they will do.

What can we do about this? Well, you and I can do a great deal. We can write to our congressmen and our senators. We can say right now that we want no further encroachment on these individual liberties and freedoms. And at the moment, the key issue is, we do not want socialized medicine.

Former Representative Halleck of Indiana has said, “When the American people want something from Congress, regardless of its political complexion, if they make their wants known, Congress does what the people want.”

So write, and if your representative writes back to you and tells you that he or she too is for free enterprise, that we have these great services and so forth, that must be performed by government, don’t let them get away with it. Show that you have not been convinced. Write a letter right back and tell them that you believe in government economy and fiscal responsibility; that you know governments don’t tax to get the money the need; governments will always find a need for the money they get and that you demand the continuation of our free enterprise system. You and I can do this. The only way we can do it is by writing to our congressmen even we believe that he is on our side to begin with. Write to strengthen his hand. Give him the ability to stand before his colleagues in Congress and say “I have heard from my constituents and this is what they want.”

Write those letters now; call your friends and them to write them. If you don’t, this program I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow, and behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country. Until, one day, as Normal Thomas said we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days we are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free."

—Ronald Reagan, 1961

12/17/2009 3:35 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See, Solution to Health Care Reform.

2/25/2010 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Max Baucus (D - Montana) on Obamacare's hidden agenda - redistribution of wealth:

"this [healthcare legislation] is also an income shift ... the wealthy are getting way way too wealth ... this legislation ... will have an effect at addressing that maldistribution of income in America ... "

3/29/2010 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrat leader admits the real purpose of Obamacare:

" ... you need to do some redistribution ... this is a form of redistribition." —Howard Dean, M.D., Former DNC Chairman

3/29/2010 7:31 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Also see, The Railway Surgery Historical Center.

4/27/2010 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Healthcare and Education Solutions

Government with their highly regulated insurance companies is the problem:

Incompetent Bureaucracies + Perverse Incentives = Unaffordable

Instead, the easy, fast, and frugal solution is giving patients complete freedom to spend the money and make the healthcare choices according to their own preferences (with the advice of their doctors) and to give parents the freedom to spend the money and chose the best education for their child. Just like we buy everything else!

10/07/2011 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Misguided hatred of capitalism and the profit motive kills.

It's easy to see why millions of children keep dying from malaria year after year when GlaxoSmithKline, the first company to successfully test a vaccine is forced to proclaim:

"We have no intention of making a profit."

10/19/2011 1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truckload Shipment said...

But despite differing beliefs about how long it was going to take, there was near unanimous agreement among Americans that development of the balance of North America was an entitlement, reserved for the United States.

2/17/2012 1:22 AM  

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