Conservative/Libertarian God, Hayek, for Government Intervention?
“Nor is there any reason why the state should not assist the individuals in providing for those common hazards of life against which, because of their uncertainty, few individuals can make adequate provision.
Where, as in the case of sickness and accident, neither the desire to avoid such calamities nor the efforts to overcome their consequences are as a rule weakened by the provision of assistance – where, in short, we deal with genuinely insurable risks – the case for the state’s helping to organize a comprehensive system of social insurance is very strong… Wherever communal action can mitigate disasters against which the individual can neither attempt to guard himself nor make the provision for the consequences, such communal action should undoubtedly be taken,” – The Road To Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek
Hayek is the big man behind libertarian and classical conservative thought. Consider this quote when arguing for a conservative solution to the health care issue. A Republican or right-wing nutjob that is arguing against the Democratic Party’s attempts to inject governance into the insurance of health in the United States is not acting as a libertarian or conservative but an unproductive mendicant for social unrest.
From a New York Times fact check:
“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the Republican bill would extend insurance coverage to about 3 million people by 2019, while leaving about 52 million uninsured.”