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The so-called ‘debate’ over the NHS - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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The so-called ‘debate’ over the NHS

I have, for my sins, returned from the moors after a reasonably glorious Twelfth (warmish and a bit windy, but not bad at all), to find one of my prejudices confirmed, to-wit, that even a poor day afield is infinitely superior to most days withindoors (unless of course one is in a good library). 

 

What confirms me in this view is coming back to find what passes for debate w/r/t the NHS, on Twitter and on LJ.  It is not debate.  It is the collision, as GKC once said, of two hasty forms of ignorance.

 

Now, the reason I have not holed up in a grouse butt in N Derbs for the foreseeable is that I’ve a writing deadline.  For the same reason, I cannot at this moment supply the manifold and manifest deficiencies of the so-called debate.  But I can and do say this: I am not only not interested in, I am sick unto death – already – of, emotive balls, appeals ad misericordiam, and anecdotes.  It is well past time that the matter were discussed with rigour and intellectual honesty, and absolutely necessary that it were handled with at least some competent and intelligent reference to economics, with a strong concentration upon public choice theory, efficiencies, monopoly cost, nondiversifiable risk, marginal benefits, and rent seeking.

 

In the interim, my strong advice to almost every one both sides the Atlantic and all sides the ‘debate’ is to belt up, put a sock in it, and, in not a few instances, get knotted and sod off.

 

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magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: August 14th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
A lot of mud slinging and outright lies and some of the stuff I was reading made me so angry ..
themolesmother From: themolesmother Date: August 14th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you.

It is well past time that the matter were discussed with rigour and intellectual honesty, and absolutely necessary that it were handled with at least some competent and intelligent reference to economics, with a strong concentration upon public choice theory, efficiencies, monopoly cost, nondiversifiable risk, marginal benefits, and rent seeking.

Quite so. I do not feel qualified to do so, as my heart says that no-one should be denied medical treatment on the basis of their ability to pay. The system here in France is so much more like the US system than most Brits believe. If you can't "pay" you don't get treatment. End of. Horrible.

MM


sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 15th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

The HMO in the USA

If they be like to die, they'd better do it, and decrease the surplus population.
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