Separating from the Libertarian Platform

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Tuesday 30 June 2009 5:22 pm

separatinglibertarianplatIf there is one place I waffle when discussing Libertarianism it’s health care.

“We favor restoring and reviving a free market health care system. We recognize the freedom of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want, the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions.”
Source: National platform adopted at Denver L.P. convention May 30, 2008

“ …Government’s role in any kind of insurance should only be to enforce contracts when necessary, not to dictate to insurance companies and consumers which kinds of insurance contracts they may voluntarily agree upon.”
Source: National Platform of the Libertarian Party Jul 2, 2000

I am all for the free market and for individual choice. The problem is the reality of what healthcare in right now in the US. It doesn’t work. It costs a fortune. And even when afforded are not very good (I will save this last one for a future blog). Of course, still leaning in the Libertarian concept is, and I paraphrase, government’s only function is to protect its people. It might be a stretch, but in the case of health care and current health care system, but the government has to step in and do something.

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