Isaac are you willing to admit that moderate market socialists like Canada's NDP are not the blight on humanity that the Chinese or Soviet Communists were? How about admitting that the Canadian socialized medical system (initiated by the NDP in Sask) is overall an improvement over an American style system?
Yes to the first question. The NDP is more annoying than a blight. Every time I see Jack Layton it's like seeing a rottweiler in a chihuahua body.
I'm not sure about the answer to the second question since I'm ignorant about the particular points of the socialized system in Ontario/Canada and the quagmire that is the American system.
Here's my thinking: I don't agree with a universal health care system from which people don't have a choice to opt out of. As long as I could not pay taxes towards the health care system and use that money as I see fit, then I don't care what Canadians decide to do with their portion of the taxes.
Why don't I like universal health care? Because of three main reasons:
- It limits freedoms. The government is now in the business of telling people what's healthy and not healthy. What we should eat and not eat. To tax heavily those things that are not healthy...etc.
- It destroys the price mechanism. Health care becomes "free". People use it more often and therefore the costs of it are higher than they normally would be.
- It's not truly insurance. Insurance is, usually, a payment provided in the case of an emergency or disaster but people use their health care to pay for regular visits to the doctor or simple medicine. People ought to pay for that themselves! It would be like using car insurance to pay for gas. There won't be much money left over in case of a true emergency.