Caplan on Socialized Medicine
Socialized medicine is like a love potion. The government can treat you like dirt, but as long as it slips a little of this potion into your drink, you’ll probably think “How wonderful – the government loves me so much that it takes care of me whenever I’m sick without asking for a thing in return.” And who would be vile enough not to love such a government back?
My point: Whatever you think about socialized medicine, it’s not that great. It’s not remotely enough to, say, redeem North Korea. The fact that anyone would imagine otherwise reveals a strong human tendency to judge socialized medicine like a bad boyfriend – with our hearts instead of our heads. When someone says, “Dump him – he’s just not good for you!” we really ought to calm down and listen.
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What the hell? Who cares what happens in North Korea relative to healthcare? It isn't representative of anything other than North Korea. Geez!
I always wondered why the USSR put such an effort into saving Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's life from cancer when he had already been doomed at Novy Jerusalem's brick-making plant and later at the gulag in Book 3. It puzzles me to this day.
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