Universal health care, a system in which the government guarantees everyone a certain level of medical care, is considered by many an ideal. In countries that have it, medicine is said to be cheaper, of better quality and available to everyone. In this talk, I explain the alleged ideal of universal health care and then challenge it.
Since the video surfaced last month of Jonathan Gruber admitting that deceiving the American public was necessary to pass Obamacare, several more videos have been discovered of the Obamacare architect singing the same tune. The value in Gruber’s comments is that they expose the collectivist ideology underlying Obamacare.
Advocates of universal coverage seek to create a society in which, if you can’t afford health insurance, the government forces others to provide it for you. What is the moral defense for treating some people as slaves to the needs of others?
At Vox.com, Sarah Kliff documents efforts in Vermont to socialize the financing of medical care in the state. The relevant legislation was signed into law in 2011, and if the state government is able to stick to its own schedule, starting in 2017, the government will be the sole payer for most medical services in Vermont (this kind of socialized medicine is called “single payer”).
As the Supreme Court heard arguments last week about the constitutionality of Obamacare’s contraception mandate, a lower court considered another aspect of Obamacare: whether the law is actually being implemented as it was written.
Last week Rituparna Basu gave a talk, sponsored by the Toronto Objectivist Committee and the Freedom Party of Ontario, at the University of Toronto in Canada, on "The Disease Killing Canadian Health Care.”