"In a free society, does one individual's needs constitute another individual's obligation to provide?"
- Andrew Foy, MD
More great quotes from this article:
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." - Karl Marx, 1875
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned." - Thomas Jefferson, 1801
And to sum it up, why government-run health care can never work:
"Another important question is: What constitutes a need, and who should decide? Should it be the patient in concert with his or her physician? This seems like the obvious choice. However, if society is paying the cost of whatever service is required to satisfy "the need," then the provision of that service must be regulated to prevent overutilization and runaway costs. In other words, it must be rationed. In a free market, prices perform this rationing function. In the absence of a free market, some third party must ration based on a formula other than price."
"Ultimately, these decisions are made by those with the most political influence -- a situation that inevitably breeds corruption. "