Recommended Reading – Saturday, March 31st

Mar 31, 2012 by

Time To Reform The Canada Health Act  (Fraser Institute)

“The primary problem with our health care system has never been a lack of spending or inappropriate levels of cash transfers from the federal government. Rather, it’s federal legislation that discourages the provinces from experimenting with policies that have been implemented in other developed nations with universal access health care.

This discouragement stems from federal legislation that threatens the provinces with potential reductions in federal transfers for health care if the provinces do not follow the rules, regulations, and federal interpretations of the Canada Health Act. 

While the Canada Health Act requires the provinces to provide universal health coverage and portability across the country, it disallows a variety of policies that are being used in other countries that provide universal health care to deliver better care at lower costs. “  (Click here for the rest of the article)

Who Is Most Likely To Resist Totalitarianism?  (Independent Institute)

“I have devoted much of my scholarship over the years to studies of the state—its nature, its growth, and its relationships with other aspects of social life. I have been struck repeatedly by a certain fact about episodes of sudden or extraordinary expansion of the state: when push came to shove, those who resisted—often to the death—tended to be people of faith. In U.S. history they included primarily Anabaptists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and other marginalized Protestant sects. In Nazi Germany, many of the regime’s opponents were Roman Catholics, as were the opponents in Poland under Communist rule. Atheists as a class did not distinguish themselves as resisters of tyranny or totalitarianism, although some individual atheists did resist. Of course, some of the most horrible regimes—the USSR, Communist China, Kampuchea, North Korea—rested on atheism as an integral part of the regime’s official line, and in Germany the Nazis virtually nationalized many of the Protestant churches.”  (Click here for the rest of the article)

Elections Are Our Hunger Games (Whiskey and Gunpowder)

“And just as in The Hunger Games, democracy manufactures discord where none would exist in society. People don’t care if the person who sells them a cup of coffee in the morning is Mormon or Catholic, white or black, single or married, gay or straight, young or old, native or immigrant, drinker or teetotaler or anything else.

None of this matters in the course of life’s normal dealings with people. Through trade and cooperation, everyone helps everyone else achieve life aspirations. If someone different from you is your neighbor, you do your best to get along anyway. Whether at church, shopping, at the gym or health club, or just casually on the street, we work to find ways to be civil and cooperate.

But invite these same people into the political ring, and they become enemies. Why? Politics is not cooperative like the market; it is exploitative. The system is set up to threaten the identity and choices of others. Everyone must fight to survive and conquer. They must kill their opponents or be killed. So coalitions form, and constantly shifting alliances take shape. This is the world that the state — through its election machinery — throws us all into. It is our national sport. We cheer our guy and hope for the political death of the other guy.”  (Click here for the rest of the article)

Sugar Taxes Are Unfair and Unhealthy  (Cato Institute)

“If the regulatory discussion about sugar is going to be based on science, rather than science fiction, it needs to move beyond kicking the soda can.

Conventional wisdom says draconian regulation—specifically, a high tax—on sugary drinks and snacks reduces unhealthy consumption, and thereby improves public health. There are many reasons, however, why high sugar taxes are at best unsuccessful, and at worst economically and socially harmful.

Research finds that higher prices don’t reduce soda consumption, for example. No scientific studies demonstrate a difference either in aggregate soda consumption or in child and adolescent Body Mass Index between the two thirds of states with soda taxes and those without such taxes.

The study that did find taxes might lead to a moderate reduction in soda consumption also found this had no effect on adolescent obesity, as the reduction was completely offset by increases in consumption of other calorific drinks.” (Click here for the rest of the article)

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