Re: Healthcare (was Re: John in Alaska)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jan 23 2002 - 17:16:10 MST

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> Back to the topic of this thread, though, I think Robin's points
> were quite valid: sometimes seeing a doctor or buying health
> insurance isn't as good a bet as it looks. But I'm certainly
> not arguing that one should never do those things, just that one
> should rationally evaluate the pros and cons, and at least
> consider forgoing them in some cases rather than reflexively
> thinking of them as "necessary".

Yes. The problem is that most people are perfectly incompetent at
calculating their real risks in life. When you make statements like
"Doctors are charlatans whose services are not worth the paper their
degrees are printed on", or "Health insurance is nothing more than a
primate grooming habit", or "Government is highly overrated", or "Police
are more dangerous to law abiding citizens than to criminals", they look
at you like you have two heads, with green skin and propeller beanies on
each head. It doesn't matter if you are exactly correct, they just are
unable to believe you.

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