Sunday, November 29, 2009

What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us

The health care debate now raging and the various bills now making their way through Congress and inevitably into law are far from new. In 1961, a pre-Governor of California Ronald Reagan released a record titled Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine. You can listen to the audio from that record below:



Fast forwarding to today,What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us is a great article written by Yuri N. Maltsev. Mr. Maltsev is a Russian born economist who helped dismantle the USSR and thus offers us a much needed outside perspective on the health care debate.

It is incredible that Russian scholars are writing articles praising the virtues of what can best be described as former American values. Meanwhile, US economists and politicians are busy pushing Marxist ideology.

My favorite quote from the article is as follows:

My friend, a famous neurosurgeon in today's Russia, received a monthly salary of 150 rubles — one third of the average bus driver's salary.

When you reach the point described above, where looting is more profitable than working and certain groups are chosen favorites over the more deserving, the whole system is bound to cave in. The US has not reached the point where bus drivers are making more than doctors but with the rapidly collapsing middle class and the now en vogue "gouge the upper middle class" taxes being stuffed into every new bill, things have been headed that way for well over thirty years. A new health care bill, which will eventually make its way to the President's desk where it will be signed into law, will rob more regular people of wealth for the benefit of a chosen few.

I am not saying that I have all the answers, but I am fairly certain that a health care bill written by and for large multinational insurance and drug companies is not the cure for what ails us.
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