The avalanche of right wing protest about the Supreme Court ruling seems to focused on the "loss of our freedom." Doesn't the existence of Canada (or Germany, Great Britain, etc.) who have both universal health care and freedom, completely refute this argument?
My brother is a good man and a staunch free market conservative. I'm an unabashed liberal. We've been politely trying to find the common ground we share on the role of government.
We agreed quickly on defense, police, criminal justice, education (which surprised me), and infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc). We also agreed that our political system has become deeply corrupt, and a greatly simplified tax structure with almost no deductions or credits would help to eliminate the massive amount of rent-seeking that currently exists. He even agreed to a reasonably progressive set of tax brackets.
Universal health care, though, appears to be the line in the sand between us. In his last email to me, he went totally Galt. "Robin Hood was a thief." "Government creates two classes of citizens, free men and irresponsible mooches." And so on.
Here are the two key quotes:
1. I think you're nuts if you think the government can provide health care in an efficient sustainable fashion.
2. I can't think of a (health care) 'program' that would create more good than bad. I don't think its possible. This is why we end up apart.Every other country in the "free" world has a health care program that is more efficient and fair than ours, but he thinks I'm nuts.