Thursday, June 9, 2005

Perestroika is just around the corner


"We're not going to have a two-tier health-care system in this country," (Prime Minister Paul Martin) told reporters following Thursday's ruling.

"Nobody wants that."
Actually, I'm pretty sure I've heard people calling for it. "Nobody wants that" is a Liberal truth, also known as a lie.

Now, "two-tier health care" is a propaganda slogan created in consultation with focus groups, like "hidden agenda", "affordable housing", "Bill Clinton's personal approval rating", and "imperialist running dog". But even taking the slogan at face value, I know I sure don't want two-tier health care.

I'm for 30,000,000-tier health care.

Have you ever noticed that as, and wherever, Canadians approach 30,000,000-tier systems, the better, less expensive, and more plentiful the good and service in question becomes? (I'm thinking of, well, basically everything that your government doesn't take upon itself.)

Or, this being Canada, everything your government doesn't use as a pretext to take your money to set up slush funds, while monopolizing critical services for future use as political levers and favour fountains.

It also appears to me that as the number of (gag) "tiers" approaches one, the worse, more expensive, and scarcer the service becomes.

Well, at least some people benefit from the setup, even if it isn't ordinary poor "nobod(ies)" like old doctorless me. The New Health Professionals Network, who were so busy being interns that they never had time to crack a book on economics, would like to keep their cushy positions and the glamour of being a government employee protected from competition in a snug monopoly:
"There is nothing in the Chaoulli decision which prevents Canadians and their governments from continuing to invest in reforms needed to improve and sustain our public health care system, rather than establishing a private health care system which would only result in improved profits instead of improved health care", said Dr. Natsheh.
How about that. What's next -- will Milton Friedman offer his opinion on how to properly perform a liver transplant? Hello?!?

Another thing that gets me is this. Everybody knows politicians, particularly Liberals, are corrupt. Indeed, high-functioning sociopathy is a political career asset in politics. But I can't get around the doublethink involved in knowing this (as the push polls assure us Canadians roundly do), and yet wanting them running a monopoly health care system (as, again, the polls tell us).

It's a mystery to me.


EclectEcon said...

I'm glad you made the point about multi-tiered health care. Those who call it "two-tiered" are artificially dividing society into the haves and have-nots, which is inaccurate when it comes to health care. Surely, allowing private top-ups to a basic health care system would allow many different people to pursue levels of health care they want -- and much more efficiently.

lance said...

Ere now! Did you just use the word 'efficiently' within the context of such a political hot-potato as health-care?

Shame! That's just not Canadian Values, you know.

You must be a hate-mongering, hidden agenda holding, KKK conservative.


MapMaster said...

London is awfully close to Lucan, you know, where the Black Donnellys first articulated the principles of misanthropy and simultaneously started the modern Conservative movement in the 19c. Some of that loopy influence must have travelled down Highway 4 since then — evidenced by the creepy orderliness and good maintenance of properties along that road. **Shudder**