Originally Posted by mmulcahy1
I'm not saying that the private health care industry hasn't ripped us off here in the U.S., it has. I just have a problem with "Big Brother" coming in and screwing things up worse. Just wait, it will happen. Socialism, anybody?
What are the 9 most terrifying words words in the English language?
"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."
If Australia is even in the same galaxy as socialism then I'm a monkey's aunt. Don't believe the reactionary rhetoric ... we have had nationalised health for 40 years and we are a deeply conservative free market society with some of the lowest taxes in the western world and high levels of private ownership.
Bottom line of national health care is "a stitch in time saves nine".
Maybe one day that will change, given politicians' increasing tendency to stick their snouts in the public trough (ironically, especially conservatives) but for now they seem to have some vaguely useful purpose aside from their main function of acting as errand boys for moguls and multinational companies.