As I watched, I thought immediately of George Orwell’s classic essay “Politics and the English Language.” In his essay, Orwell notes that vague abstract terms often replace critical thinking.
In the abstract, this is a wondrous idea.
Unfortunately, as Orwell, a committed socialist, noted, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” This holds true in the most advanced social welfare states. Those with money and political influence the care they want, even if it involves travelling to capitalistic America to get it.
A concept usually associated with health insurance, which requires health insurance providers to offer health insurance policies within a given territory at the same price to all persons without medical underwriting, regardless of their health status. Pure community rating prohibits insurance rate variations based on demographic characteristics such as age or gender, whereas adjusted or modified community rating allows insurance rate variations based on demographic characteristics such as age or gender.
- If you are young and healthy, you should pay the same as the old and sick, even if you cost society nothing in the short run. In the long run, you will become old and sick.
- If you are poor, the government should subsidize you to raise you to the level of more affluent citizens.
- If you are in a small business, you must pay for comprehensive coverage of your young healthy employees as you would for a more mature and older work force.
Charity for all, and all eggs in one basket. are the goals of progressives, as long at government is directing the effort and the "rich" are paying their "fair share."
No doubt these are noble goals. The problem is, of course, that even an affluent society like America cannot afford “Gold,” “Platinum,” and “Cadillac” plans for all and still provide services that allow for personal freedom and choice that fits the needs of individual segments of the population.
In America, the land of capitalism, individualism, meritocarcy, entrepreneuralialismm diversity, and regional variation, one-size-fits-all does not fit all and raises the cost for all.
The ideological abstract does not translate into concrete realities. Simplicity is not so simple, and the abstract is not the concrete.