Julian658 wrote:POD: Some people love fast food, booze, smoking, etc. They mostly have self induced diseases. What we need is education! Young men in the inner city shoot each other 24/7, people OD on opiods--------------- that drives down life expectancy averages.
And since many of the effects of these diseases are amenable to health care, this is all irrelevant.
POD: Putting people to work for the sake of work means nothing. Did you forget the old saying commie Russians used to say" They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work". Meaningful work is productive. Work for the sake of work means nothing.
Did you notice that the stock market and most of the economy is in free fall? Why? We are not missing any infrastructure or materials. The bosses are still there investing their inheritances. The only thing missing is this labour that you define as “unproductive”.
If it is so “unproductive”, then why is every company worthless without this labour?
POD: In an outbreak all rules go out the door. Everybody works together whether the system is private or public. You seem to imply the private sector will not lift a hand.
I think they will lift a hand if they can make money off it. I also think they will deliberately do nothing if they can make money that way. And they would also deliberately do something that increases infection and death rates if they could make money off it.
The common factor is that they will do whatever makes the most money. At this point, that seems like squeezing the government for bailout money. The private sector is lifting a hand and using it take your taxpayer money for free.
I am with you on national health care. However, as for myself I prefer a private system. I don't mind if others want to go public.
What individuals like you want does not matter. Insurance companies have lobbyists who give money to politicians. These politicians then make sure that you do not have a public option.
When it comes to healthcare, you have fewer
options with the free market.