Sunday, April 05, 2009
Following more discussion at Tom Harris' blog.
I do think the NHS could be improved. I don't like how its "consultations" are merely fronts for pre-agreed policies. I don't like that I had to loose two (back) teeth because of a millimetre too much below gum decay.
But "market" forces apply only in the crudest sense in terms of health care.
We have one of the best health care systems in the world. Perhaps the French, Germans or Dutch do better, but ours is a marvel.
I consider myself a socialist because I believe that human beings can choose, as members of large groups, to mitigate the sheer pain of natural life.
The way I look at it is this. I am a socialist (and an unrealist if you like) because I will always come out on the side of the runt.
Other people seem to be willing to let the runt die.