QOTD: Constitution Not Socialist July 11, 2007Posted by federalist in Government, Healthcare.
[O]ur government is to “provide” for the common defense and “promote” the general welfare. I cannot find in any of the early documents that government is to “provide” for our welfare. Our Founders gave us a blueprint for a republic, not a blueprint for socialism.
Also noteworthy from today’s letters: Uwe Reinhardt asks whether American conservatives are consistent in their opposition to socialized medicine.
Why do I never hear any Republican political candidate, or the editorial page of the Journal for that matter, openly advocate the abolition and privatization of the VA health system? Why are even the staunchest American conservatives, and the veterans themselves, so protective of the VA health system, if socialized medicine is so bad?
Since veterans indeed seem very protective of the VA system it seems fair to assume it “works,” i.e., it provides quality service in a reasonably timely fashion. The classic formulation, “Speed, Quality, Cost — pick two” leave me to wonder if the VA system is cost-effective, or if it’s just that nobody is willing to scrutinize the costs because it’s politically untenable to short-change veterans. Or maybe it is cost-effective and it only “works” because the bureaucrats and doctors are dedicated to the mission of serving veterans so it enjoys some sort of altruist rents that aren’t available in a generic instutition.