Free Healthcare for Everyone

“If people don’t have to pay, they will overuse”

“If everyone has to pay, not everyone can get care.”

“We have to pay in the form of higher premiums or taxes, and if the cost is not salient enough there is the free rider problem.”

“There is net benefit: chronically unemployed will get jobs after getting healthy. Disabled people are entering the workforce because of increased access to care.”

“No. Spending more money on disabled people just means they go to the doctor more. They won’t get jobs because they are disabled.”

“There is low-hanging fruit, such as treating addiction and PTSD.”

“It is immoral for homeless drug addicts to free ride off my taxes and get better healthcare. It is dangerous to treat PTSD with dangerous drugs like MDMA and LSD. Homelessness has a purpose in our society: if social safety nets provide too high a quality of life there is less reason to go to work.”

“But if we treat the mental illness, then those suffering people will get off the street and become tax-paying citizens. There is economic and moral ground for ending homelessness and treating mental illness.

Homeless people are homeless for a reason. They want to be homeless and it is their fault.

No, they are mentally ill and we have medicine and techniques to solve this problem in a way that provides net benefit to society and the suffering mentally ill.”

“Well healthcare costs are already out of control. Reducing the out of pocket costs will only reduce price-sensitivity because the costs are too far removed. Especially when government deficits seem to be increasing indefinitely.”

“Our economy is creating enough value for this benefit (healthcare), but that value is being captured as profit to large corporations.”


“There are ways to incentivize innovation in a more directed fashion than simply cutting taxes. Corporations shouldn’t be able to free ride on innovation. Tax payers should get a return on their investment. Invest in people to make them healthy, then invest in corporations.”

“What matters is the headlines, not the details. Animal spirits drive the economy. More regulation and government involvement in the economy will ultimately shake investor confidence. Offering these benefits at the expense of corporate profits is bad for GDP.”

At the very least, access to healthcare for people that will use it to re-enter the workforce offers a net benefit. In many cases, healthcare costs are artificially inflated because of a market failure called rent-seeking. This means we’re burdening citizens with high costs from corporations that are receiving subsidies in the form of research and development funded by tax dollars that come from those citizens because the corporations write the laws.

The world is free riding off our healthcare system.

Life expectancy and quality of life have never been better.

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