Monday, March 22, 2010

My Thoughts on the Health Care Bill

This past summer I completed the mammoth, yet compelling novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Up front, I'll admit the novel (1200 pages) has its faults, its "strawmen" examples, and its unrealistic adaptations to my own personal religion and family.


Here's the part I'll never forget.

"Our plan? We put into practice that noble historical precept: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Everybody in the factory, from charwomen to president, received the same salary – the barest minimum necessary. Twice a year, we all gathered in a mass meeting, where every person presented his claim for what he believed to be his needs. We voted on every claim, and the will of the majority established every person’s need and every person’s ability. The income of the factory was distributed accordingly. Rewards were based on need, and penalties on ability. Those whose needs were voted to be the greatest, received the most. Those who had not produced as much as the vote said they could, were fined and had to pay the fines by working overtime without pay. That was our plan. It was based on the principle of selflessness. It required men to be motivated, not by personal gain, but by love for their brothers."

Dagny heard a cold, implacable voice saying somewhere within her: Remember it – remember it well – it is not often that one can see pure evil – look at it – remember – and some day you’ll find the words to name its essence.

-Atlas Shrugged, pg. 323 –

This is how I feel about the Health Care bill. Because that is where this bill is pointed.

Don Watkins in his excellent article in Investors Business Daily in December of last year summarized it up even better.

The reason we continue to move toward socialized medicine is that everyone--including the opponents of socialized medicine--grants its basic moral premise: that need generates an entitlement.

That...and the fact we'll never be able to afford it. Ever.

PS - I've stated this before, but I LOVE Dagny Taggert. I adore her. If I planned on ever having more children I would seriously consider naming offspring after her. Of course I'd have to get around the whole "affair" problems - but regardless - love her!


Erin said...

I'm upset and sick about it too. Dave and I feel that we dodged a major bullet in pulling out of medical care. Thanks for the quotes. Interesting.

The Checketts Glue said...

I have to agree with the comparison. I loved this book, I couldn't put it down.

Britt said...

Loved the book! And Spencer and I are also considering Dagny somewhere in our kids' name.

I'm going to start a rebellion and then collectively we can buy an island and start our own country. Are you in?