I can get on board with all aspects of Libertarianism except for
edit: pardon the clickbait title it was an accident. THIS POST IS ABOUT HEALTHCARE
I listen to podcasts by and follow a lot of libertarian and anarchocapitalists. I always find myself thinking ‘well I don’t know how XYZ could actually be privatized or work without government’. But my sticking point that always makes me part ways with most libertarians is privatized healthcare. Abolishing socialized healthcare.
A caveat here: I’m Canadian so for Canadians our healthcare system is heavily relied on by poor people. The idea of going bankrupt for something that can happen by chance is terrifying.
I know, personal responsibility. It is your personal responsibility to buy health insurance. Sure, but what about really poor people? They’re already in a shitty financial situation and you’re asking for a great deal of responsibility if you want them to have their own insurance.
I read this book once called Chronic Condition about Canada’s healthcare system falling short in the 21st century. Aside from the negative stuff, I loved this quote: “A cornerstone of our democracy is the notion that we are all better off when risks of illness are shared, because no one knows where those risks will fall. That there should be a publicly financed system, available to all regardless of income, or illness, or chance”.
The libertarian party of Canada says that they’d abolish all taxes except for sales tax b/c buying stuff is voluntary (seems like a very flimsy reason tbh… you’d die if you didn’t buy stuff). A 5% sales tax to fund courts, police, and a few other things. I like that and I personally wouldn’t mind a higher tax if it meant certain things like healthcare were available to poor people. But I’m not actually sure what the world would look like for the financially marginalized with privatized healthcare.
Anyways, what are your thoughts?
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