More on Healthcare: A Libertarian Speaks Well of the French System January 14, 2010

Readers of the libertarian magazine Reason were shocked recently to find that one of the editors of that magazine, Matt Welch, has spoken highly of the French health care system.  Mr. Welch is married to a French woman, and he spends 90 percent of the time in the U.S. while getting most of his health care in France.  Here’s why:

“Why I Prefer French Healthcare” by

I think that what Welch has to say is well said.  And, in addition, here is Jonathan Rauch on if airlines were run like health care.

“If Airline Travel Worked Like Healthcare” by

Rauch made an interesting choice.  The airlines, for a long time, were bad enough.  Their schedules, except for the closing time for baggage to be dropped off, were so aspirational and dependent on perfect conditions to be fulfilled that they were, in my view, lies.  It would be very difficult for me to comment on the airline industry within the terms of the Kennel Kode!

kmasugi 01/14/2010

I heard Welch make this argument on CSPAN radio. My older friend, who has lived in France for over thirty years, has a different take: He has often experienced delays in getting treatment for his back, even when in severe pain. Moreover, my sober academic friend is certain doctors routinely practice euthanasia by killing off elderly patients through overdoses, etc. He adds that doctors are virtually immune from lawsuits.

PeterAttwood 01/15/2010

It’s good to see your non-ideological tone, because ideology is idolatry. When we run into reality, insisting that it fit into some scheme we’ve developed in our heads or got from someone else leads us into a lot of lying, no matter how Christian it may sound.

It’s not to say that we ought to be utilitarian. We need to be principled, but the principles need to be what God says, not a way of having all the answers even if God isn’t saying anything. It’s not accidental that “Now we see in a mirror in a riddle” is in Paul’s chapter on love. If we forget this, love doesn’t happen, only fanaticism.

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