Sunday, November 07, 2004

An Early Look at Socialized Medicine

One of the benefits of the flu vaccine shortage - if there is one - is seeing how government controlled coverage of a rationed good works for health care.

Essentially we have the government making decisions for people instead of letting people make their own decisions - and allocating their own resources to back up those decisions. Take this case: a 62 year old man who is a store Santa and in contact with lots of children wants to get a flu shot - definitely a wise decision.

Sorry, he is less than 65 and under the government mandaded age cut-off. No shot for him.

This case does have a happy ending since a private nursing home is offering a left-over shot, but if this were the real deal, you can bet that a private alternative would be illegal, as it would have been under Hillary-care.

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