Health care fear mongering
How do we know that we are making progress? Op-eds that demonize single payer. They would not place these articles if they didn't think that they needed them.
Paul Hsieh has a fear mongering article in the Christian Science Monitor. Do we all understand why the Christian Science Monitor is not a good source on anything connected to health care?
Sedalia, Colo. - Imagine a country where the government regularly checks the waistlines of citizens over age 40. Anyone deemed too fat would be required to undergo diet counseling. Those who fail to lose sufficient weight could face further "reeducation" and their communities subject to stiff fines.
Is this some nightmarish dystopia?
No, this is contemporary Japan.
The Japanese government argues that it must regulate citizens' lifestyles because it is paying their health costs. This highlights one of the greatly underappreciated dangers of "universal healthcare." Any government that attempts to guarantee healthcare must also control its costs. The inevitable next step will be to seek to control citizens' health and their behavior. Hence, Americans should beware that if we adopt universal healthcare, we also risk creating a "nanny state on steroids" antithetical to core American principles.
I don't know what system Japan has, but I don't think they have a Canadian style Medicare for All. I also would like a second opinion on his allegations. Do we have any readers familiar with the Japanese health care system?
Moreover the nanny state he describes could easily by instituted by employers and health insurance parasites under our current system, especially if Sanjay Gupta is confirmed as Surgen General.