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A Four Step Healthcare Solution-by Hans-Hermann Hoppe-via Ludwig von Mises Institute-August 14, 2009

August 14, 2009

A Four-Step Healthcare Solution

Mises Daily by | Posted on 8/14/2009 12:00:00 AM

It’s true that the US health-care system is a mess, but this demonstrates not market but government failure. To cure the problem requires not different or more government regulations and bureaucracies, as self-serving politicians want us to believe, but the elimination of all existing government controls.

It’s time to get serious about health-care reform. Tax credits, vouchers, and privatization will go a long way toward decentralizing the system and removing unnecessary burdens from business. But four additional steps must also be taken:

  1. Eliminate all licensing requirements for medical schools, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical doctors and other health-care personnel. Their supply would almost instantly increase, prices would fall, and a greater variety of health-care services would appear on the market.Competing voluntary accreditation agencies would take the place of compulsory government licensing — if health-care providers believe that such accreditation would enhance their own reputation, and that their consumers care about reputation, and are willing to pay for it.Because consumers would no longer be duped into believing that there is such a thing as a “national standard” of health care, they would increase their search costs and make more discriminating health-care choices.
  2. Eliminate all government restrictions on the production and sale of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. This means no more Food and Drug Administration, which presently hinders innovation and increases costs.Costs and prices would fall, and a wider variety of better products would reach the market sooner. The market would force consumers to act in accordance with their own — rather than the government’s — risk assessment. And competing drug and device manufacturers and sellers, to safeguard against product liability suits as much as to attract customers, would provide increasingly better product descriptions and guarantees.
  3. Deregulate the health-insurance industry. Private enterprise can offer insurance against events over whose outcome the insured possesses no control. One cannot insure oneself against suicide or bankruptcy, for example, because it is in one’s own hands to bring these events about.Because a person’s health, or lack of it, lies increasingly within his own control, many, if not most health risks, are actually uninsurable. “Insurance” against risks whose likelihood an individual can systematically influence falls within that person’s own responsibility.All insurance, moreover, involves the pooling of individual risks. It implies that insurers pay more to some and less to others. But no one knows in advance, and with certainty, who the “winners” and “losers” will be. “Winners” and “losers” are distributed randomly, and the resulting income redistribution is unsystematic. If “winners” or “losers” could be systematically predicted, “losers” would not want to pool their risk with “winners,” but with other “losers,” because this would lower their insurance costs. I would not want to pool my personal accident risks with those of professional football players, for instance, but exclusively with those of people in circumstances similar to my own, at lower costs.

    Because of legal restrictions on the health insurers’ right of refusal — to exclude any individual risk as uninsurable — the present health-insurance system is only partly concerned with insurance. The industry cannot discriminate freely among different groups’ risks.

    As a result, health insurers cover a multitude of uninsurable risks, alongside, and pooled with, genuine insurance risks. They do not discriminate among various groups of people which pose significantly different insurance risks. The industry thus runs a system of income redistribution — benefiting irresponsible actors and high-risk groups at the expense of responsible individuals and low-risk groups. Accordingly, the industry’s prices are high and ballooning.

    To deregulate the industry means to restore it to unrestricted freedom of contract: to allow a health insurer to offer any contract whatsoever, to include or exclude any risk, and to discriminate among any groups of individuals. Uninsurable risks would lose coverage, the variety of insurance policies for the remaining coverage would increase, and price differentials would reflect genuine insurance risks. On average, prices would drastically fall. And the reform would restore individual responsibility in health care.

  4. Eliminate all subsidies to the sick or unhealthy. Subsidies create more of whatever is being subsidized. Subsidies for the ill and diseased promote carelessness, indigence, and dependency. If we eliminate such subsidies, we would strengthen the will to live healthy lives and to work for a living. In the first instance, that means abolishing Medicare and Medicaid.
  5. Only these four steps, although drastic, will restore a fully free market in medical provision. Until they are adopted, the industry will have serious problems, and so will we, its consumers.

    Hans-Hermann Hoppe, an Austrian School economist and libertarian/anarchocapitalist philosopher, is professor emeritus of economics at UNLV, a distinguished fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and founder and president of The Property and Freedom Society. Send him mail. See his article archives. Comment on the blog.

    This article originally appeared in The Free Market, April 1993.

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Town Halls Gone Wild! via politico.com August 02, 2009

August 2, 2009

The People are starting to be noticed; it’s about time!

After clicking on the link, click on the video that’s on the left sidebar.

Thanks for visiting.
www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/25646.html

Hamilton County (TN) Residents Against Annexation, August 01, 2009

August 1, 2009

The proponents of bigger government are at it again.

If you believe smaller government is responsible government, check out the link below.

Annexation is nothing more than the city/county practicing eminent  domain on a large scale by using fear tactics to entice the unwitting to abide with the greedy proponents of an ever-expanding government.

The term…“Services” should be scrutinized thoroughly. You don’t always get what you pay for. Take the largest employer within the physical boundaries of Hamilton County into consideration… The Hamilton County Department of Education. If that’s not enough to prove that METRO GOVERNMENT is over-bloated and out of control of “We the People”, what is?

Thanks for visiting.

www.hcraa.org/

Say No To Real I.D.-DownsizeDC.org-May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h


MEDIA NOTICE: Today (Friday), Jim Babka is scheduled to appear on “Straight Talk w/ Jerry Hughes,” starting at 3:05 PM Eastern. Listening details can be found on the DownsizeDC.org blog.

Quote of the Day: “I won’t call it Real ID, I’ll call it enhanced or higher security drivers license.” — Robert V. LaPenta, President and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions, which stands to be a primary beneficiary of any government scheme for a national ID card

Subject: Tricking Americans Into Real ID

Jim Harper, at the Cato Institute, alerts us to new dangers on the national ID front.

The so-called Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and certain politicians, are trying multiple ways to impose a national ID card on us, even though the American people have made it very clear we don’t want it.

One under-handed scheme started with the passage of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which requires law abiding U.S. citizens to have either a passport or an enhanced drivers license to cross the Mexican or Canadian borders. An “enhanced drivers license”…

* Is an initiative of the DHS that has NO Congressional mandate
* Will require you to undergo a security interview, pay a fee, and get a new federal ID number (in addition to your Social Security number)
* Has an RFID chip that can be read at a distance, up to 30 feet away, even while it’s in your wallet!

Now things are being rigged to move citizens in the direction of the enhanced drivers license.

The problem starts with the fact that passports are too expensive. The high price gives people an incentive to pay for the enhanced drivers license, which is about half the cost. The Government Accounting Office had already issued a report saying that the $100 price for a passport didn’t need to be that high, but…

Now they’ve raised the price even higher. Representative Paul Opsommer of Michigan suspects the purpose of this is to drive even more people to get the cheaper (but more dangerous) enhanced drivers license.

Please notice that all of this is being driven NOT by Congress, but by un-elected bureaucrats in the DHS and the State Department. But that doesn’t mean Congress is blameless. Congress is doing nothing to reign in the bureaucrats, plus, some are even working to make things worse. For instance…

Something called the PASS Act is being crafted to revive the Real ID concept, under a new name, and companies like L-1 Identity Solutions, which stands to benefit, are almost certainly lobbying hard to make it happen. We must lobby just as intensely in the other direction.

Please send your Congressional employees a message asking them once again to repeal the REAL ID Act.

Use your personal comments to ALSO ask them to…

* Stop the DHS from promoting enhanced drivers licenses
* Make the State Department lower the cost of passports
* Reject all the new forms of REAL ID, such as the PASS Act

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Campaign for Liberty’s response to Lindsey Graham’s arrogant proclamation-May 21, 2009

May 22, 2009

May 21, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Across our nation, Campaign for Liberty’s 150,000+ members are taking action, educating their fellow countrymen, and making a considerable impact on the political landscape. Together, we unapologetically champion the principles that made our nation great: sound money, a constitutionally limited government and foreign policy, and respect for individual liberties.

These ideas transcend traditional boundaries and draw Americans (and like-minded people across the globe) from all backgrounds to the liberty message.

Many Republican leaders, however, continue to believe that principle must be sacrificed on the altar of attaining political power, despite the devastating defeats a “win-at-all-costs” philosophy brought their Party last November.  And, as you will see below, it is the liberty message that has all the momentum.

This past weekend at a South Carolina Republican convention, Senator Lindsey Graham adamantly defended supporting those who choose political expediency over substance. “We’re not going to build [the Republican Party] around libertarian ideas,” he told his audience. “[Ron Paul] is not the leader of this Party,” he emphasized.

Click on the image below to see these widely-circulated remarks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy48BKd-1TI

Senator Graham claimed his view as being that of a Ronald Reagan Republican, but Reagan’s own words in a 1975 Reason interview remove any endorsement of the Senator’s statement.

“If you analyze it,” said Reagan, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”

What about principle vs. politics? (Emphasis in the following mine)

Reagan said: “I have been doing my best to try to revitalize the Republican Party groups that I’ve spoken to, on the basis that the time has come to repudiate those in our midst who would blur the Republican image by saying we should be all things to all people in order to triumph… I’ve been urging Republicans to raise a banner and put the things we stand for on that banner and don’t compromise, but don’t try to enlarge the party by being all things to everyone when you can’t keep all the promises. Put up a banner and then count on the fact that if you’ve got the proper things on that banner the people will rally round.”

South Carolina’s junior Senator, Jim DeMint, spoke after Graham and echoed Reagan, commenting about the Senate that he, “[w]ould rather have 30 Republicans who believe in the principles of limited government and free markets and free people than 60 Republicans who have no beliefs at all.”

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford also defended the freedom movement, remarking, “Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment. That is the distinguishing characteristic of our Republic, and frankly what’s made it great… I’ve been accused of being a libertarian, and I would say I wear it as a badge of honor because I do love, believe in, and want to support liberty.”

Click on the image below to watch Governor Sanford’s remarks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikqJ_KB66WQ

In his speech, Senator Graham noted that those who don’t think winning matters should head for the Party’s exits.

Of course winning is important. But when that becomes your ultimate focus at the expense of everything else, you throw away the integrity our Founders believed crucial in order to be involved in government.

The time has come to make it clear that we will no longer tolerate the rampant trashing of our Constitution by our representatives or their constant shifting on the issues. No matter what political party you belong to, you should have the courage to stand firm on your beliefs.

As our efforts with HR 1207 are demonstrating, you don’t have to cast aside principle to achieve success. A clear, consistent stand on a philosophy of freedom will find supporters, and from there real, lasting change can be effected.

To those in all political parties who wish to maximize freedom and prosperity, we invite you to join us in our efforts. To all those who would sell out our Constitution and their beliefs in pursuit of power, we turn Senator Graham’s words back on him and you by saying, “There’s the exit sign.”

In Liberty,

John Tate

President

P.S. Campaign for Liberty’s progress in less than a year after its founding has been incredible, but our fight is only beginning. If you are a dues-paying member, take the next step to reclaim your local area for freedom and become a local coordinator today. And if you are able, please consider making a contribution to C4L to help us hold our elected officials accountable.

Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)-May 23, 2009 Venue Correction

May 20, 2009

Hamilton County Libertarian Party (TN)

May 20, 2009

Hi folks,

I apologize … I’ve not been in touch much in the last two weeks due to being sick, and then working 100+ hours over the last 9 days on a project with a very, very tight deadline. I just noticed that the location of this month’s HCLP meeting was not correct … we are actually meeting at the Ryan’s on Lee Highway this month.

We will be discussing harnessing the energy from the Tea Parties.

Best,
Jeremy

I’ve updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:
http://www.meetup.com/hamiltoncountylp/calendar/10110509/

When: May 23, 2009 7:00 PM

Where: Ryan’s Restaurant
6734 Lee Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37421

If the changes affect your plans to attend, please take a moment to update your RSVP. (You can RSVP “No” or “Maybe” as well as “Yes”.)

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YouTube – For Liberty Trailer – Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

May 17, 2009

Let It Not Be Said We Did Nothing

www.youtube.com/watch?v=emaeln–tzo

Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan – May 12, 2009

May 15, 2009

PRLog (Press Release)May 12, 2009 – As President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new strategy for the undeclared war in Afghanistan, Libertarians urge the White House to adopt the only plan that will actually work: Get out.

“The occupation of Afghanistan became a failure the instant the goal changed from liquidating al Qaeda to pursuing meddlesome ‘nation-building’ objectives,” says retired Air Force lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who served as a Pentagon analyst during the early days of the occupation and holds a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University. “In its eighth year, the US occupation has not only failed to create a stable, democratic Afghanistan, it threatens to deliver nuclear Pakistan into the arms of the very enemy we went there to destroy.”

On Monday, Obama removed General David McKiernan as commander of US troops in Afghanistan. Obama also rejected the demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an end to US airstrikes, which have led to hundreds of recent civilian casualties. Current plans call for an increase in the US troop presence from about 45,000 to 68,000 by the end of 2009.

The Libertarian Party’s platform calls for the US to “abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world and avoid entangling alliances.” Libertarians, it says, “would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”

“The Afghanistan occupation costs the American taxpayer $2 billion a month,” says R. Lee Wrights of North Carolina, a member of the Libertarian National Committee. “That cost is rising, and the price in American and Afghan lives is unbearable. I abhor the idea of forcing my countrymen to pay in money and blood for a war which makes America less safe and the world less stable. It’s long past time to bring the troops home.”

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The Center for Libertarian Press Information is a collaborative effort of Libertarian Party members to provide the public with timely and accurate information on the Party’s principles, policy positions and activities.

Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan

May 15, 2009

Libertarians: US out of Afghanistan

As President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new strategy for the undeclared war in Afghanistan, Libertarians urge the White House to adopt the only plan that will actually work: Get out.
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PRLog (Press Release)May 12, 2009 – As President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new strategy for the undeclared war in Afghanistan, Libertarians urge the White House to adopt the only plan that will actually work: Get out.

“The occupation of Afghanistan became a failure the instant the goal changed from liquidating al Qaeda to pursuing meddlesome ‘nation-building’ objectives,” says retired Air Force lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who served as a Pentagon analyst during the early days of the occupation and holds a Ph.D. in World Politics from Catholic University. “In its eighth year, the US occupation has not only failed to create a stable, democratic Afghanistan, it threatens to deliver nuclear Pakistan into the arms of the very enemy we went there to destroy.”

On Monday, Obama removed General David McKiernan as commander of US troops in Afghanistan. Obama also rejected the demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an end to US airstrikes, which have led to hundreds of recent civilian casualties. Current plans call for an increase in the US troop presence from about 45,000 to 68,000 by the end of 2009.

The Libertarian Party’s platform calls for the US to “abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world and avoid entangling alliances.” Libertarians, it says, “would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.”

“The Afghanistan occupation costs the American taxpayer $2 billion a month,” says R. Lee Wrights of North Carolina, a member of the Libertarian National Committee. “That cost is rising, and the price in American and Afghan lives is unbearable. I abhor the idea of forcing my countrymen to pay in money and blood for a war which makes America less safe and the world less stable. It’s long past time to bring the troops home.”

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The Center for Libertarian Press Information is a collaborative effort of Libertarian Party members to provide the public with timely and accurate information on the Party’s principles, policy positions and activities.

Tennessee Traffic Camera Protest Gathers Support-via-[ET-Liberty.com]-May 09, 2009

May 10, 2009


Camera protest brings in some support

By Madison Mathews, Press Staff Writer, mmathews@johnsoncitypress.com

Mike McGinn doesn’t want traffic cameras to be installed anywhere, especially in his hometown of Kingsport.

“I don’t want them in Kingsport, I want to fight it wherever it’s at,” McGinn said. “This does not improve safety. It improves the financial bottom line (of the city).”

He also believes it infringes upon the constitutional right of all citizens. McGinn traveled from Kingsport, where a traffic camera system has recently been installed, to take part in a rally to protest Jonesborough’s Redflex traffic camera system on Saturday.

The rally was held by the Students of American Liberty, East Tennessee State University’s pro-Constitution group, in front of town hall. From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., many people showed up to sign petitions urging Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen to take down the traffic camera system.

“The sentiment is that people don’t want these things. It scares them. It raises traffic accidents. They’re being surveilled by a foreign corporation known as Redflex, (which is) actually based in Australia,” said Matthew Jeffers, chairman of the group and event coordinator. “I have a huge issue with that. I don’t like the fact that a foreign corporation is surveilling us.”

Jeffers believes the Redflex camera system, which was installed at three intersections along 11E in January, breaches the Fourth Amendment and a number of others. Although he doesn’t live in Jonesborough, Jeffers has a large number of family members who live in the town.

“Just because I live out of town, doesn’t mean I don’t hear the voices of people that live in town … 90 percent of the people in this town don’t like these cameras, and if we have to we’ll take it to referendum, and we’ll let the people of this town vote on it and not the mayor and aldermen,” Jeffers said.

Craig Ford, operations manager for the town of Jonesborough, says there’s a number of people who have personally expressed they feel much safer now while traveling through the intersections, because of the traffic camera system.

But Jeffers and the rest of the group in opposition think safety is not in the minds of town officials, but rather a ploy to gain profit.

“We care about the safety. Redflex doesn’t care about the safety. Redflex has no regard for human life and proven it time and time again,” Jeffers said.

Ford said the cameras were put in place in order to provide safety for everyone who drives along 11E, including Jonesborough residents, people passing through the city and officers.

Aside from the safety issue, Jeffers is more concerned with the fact that a foreign entity is surveilling American citizens on their own soil. He said he wants to make clear that Redflex has aggressively pushed its systems in more than 230 cities across America. He believes the board should immediately terminate their contract with Redflex.

“If they refuse to do that then we’ll see if they still have their jobs after the next election. We’ll take a ballot measure and then we’ll take it to the state level, and then I’ll sue them if I have to,” Jeffers said. “When I set out to win a fight, I win it.”

With the rally, the group hoped to not only raise awareness about the situation but to also move toward following many states, such as Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Texas that have either banned the use of traffic light cameras or declared them unconstitutional.

Ford, however, believes the traffic camera system doesn’t have anything to do with being constitutional or not.

“It is not a constitutionally guaranteed right to operate a motor vehicle, it’s a privilege … Each state runs their own driver licensing program,” Ford said.

According to a 2008 report prepared by the state Attorney General, “the issuance of a citation for traffic violations based on photographic evidence from a camera does not violate any constitutional right of the citizens of Tennessee.”

For Jeffers and his group, that is simply not the case.

“When these cameras so-called catch you, you are guilty until proven innocent. This is a total corruption of due process,” Jeffers said. “This is a massacre to the Constitution. Every time I see one of these cameras it breaks my heart.”

Another problem Jeffers has with the traffic camera system is that having an automated traffic monitoring system removes police from the equation and gives Redflex access to personal records.

“If these cameras stop so much crime, let’s just replace the whole police force with cameras,” Jeffers said.

Maj. Matt Rice of the Jonesborough Department of Safety said although the camera is monitoring traffic violations, a sworn officer still has to review the scene and decide if it is in fact a violation.

Rice also believes that taking officers off traffic patrol helps save them from being in danger while having someone stopped on the side of the road.

As the group continued with the rally Saturday, Rice watched as the passionate group of protesters passed out information.

“As passionate as they are against those cameras, I’m just as passionate for them, because I feel that they are a very good tool,” Rice said.

Since the cameras were put in place, city officials have seen a decrease in the number of traffic-related accidents at the three intersections where a Redflex camera system has been installed. It also decreased the number of traffic violations. Ford said once the cameras were in place, 100 violations an hour was taken down to around 30 violations a day.

The Students of American Liberty managed to bring in more than 400 signatures for their petitions, which they soon plan to take before the board. The group plans to spend the next two months canvassing neighborhoods throughout Jonesborough.

“We’re going to take it from every avenue that we can approach it from. We’re going to take it from a constitutional perspective, a legal perspective and hit them every way we can,” Jeffers said.

Although the group was able to gather support for the cause with the rally, Ford said it’s hard to argue with the numbers.

“Even at Wal-Mart, when you pull on the parking lot, you’re on video. Why is that not a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights, but it is to take a photo of your license plate, which is a public record,” Ford said. “That argument just absolutely holds no weight whatsoever.”


Watch Matthew Jeffers’ presentation during the Libertarian Party of Tennessee convention, that took place April 24th and 25th, 2009, in Knoxville.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1Ch_fDEX6I

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East Tennessee Liberty: http://www.ET-Liberty.com
Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty: http://www.campaignforliberty.com