July 19, 2017

WATCH: Why the government can't fix healthcare

StaffRebel Columnist

In a new Prager U video, Former Member of Congress Bob McEwen explains why the government cannot possibly fix healthcare.

Using a television purchase as an example, he explains that only you know which one best fits your needs (picture, sound quality, etc) and your budget. This is a first-party purchase. The person paying is the person using.

However, if you're buying something for someone else, you care about the price, but not as much about the quality. And if you're going to use something but not pay for it, you're concerned more about the quality than the price. This is a second party purchase.

Finally, McEwen explains how when it's not your money paying for something and you're not using it, you don't care about the price or quality:

“All government purchases are third party purchases. The government spends other people's money on things it won't consume. It doesn't care about the price or the quality. Thus, there will always be waste in government spending.”

If you liked this video, check out more from Prager U at their YouTube channel.

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commented 2017-07-20 07:50:44 -0400
Maurice and Liza, house-calls sound fantastic; this disappeared during my lifetime. I do remember my grand-parents telling me about the days when the doctor came to you if need be. My mother had rheumatic fever as a child, and, the doctor attended pretty regularly to check on her & reassure my grandparents it takes time to overcome it. She did recover and was left with a heart murmur. The doctor did see many of his patients at his practice, however, was open to house calls when the circumstances called for it.
commented 2017-07-19 22:44:12 -0400
Maurice, yes. It was stellar care. I remember one time my mother was having a medical crisis. She told me to call Dr. Russell and he came to the house in short order.
When any of us kids had anything contagious, instead of sitting in his waiting room and spreading our germs he came to the house.

I also remember the Order Of Victorian Nurses. When my Grandmother was sick, living in our house (as we took care of our old in those days) A nurse would come by to care and bathe my Grandmother. Dressed to the T’s, nurses hat and cape over her starched white uniform. This was the early sixties., before government healthcare as you have pointed out.
commented 2017-07-19 19:45:06 -0400
Peter Netterville they sure do have trouble with common sense like this. Except for the part when they expect the best for themselves.
commented 2017-07-19 17:39:43 -0400
Does anyone here remember when doctors used to make house calls? I do. As a child I was frequently sick, and the doctor would come to our house if we didn’t have an office visit booked. That was before government health care.
commented 2017-07-19 16:57:04 -0400
Canada’s world class public health care: waiting in agony in the emergency room for 4 hours. It reminds me of when my parents told me about all the “free” stuff they had in communist, East Europe. “Free” dental care…you just didn’t get any freezing. Seriously, it cost the state too much.
commented 2017-07-19 15:17:36 -0400
Taking my money to pay for other people’s healthcare is unforgivable and probably unconstitutional. Thomas Sowell calls it the definition of piracy. If you can afford iPhones, gold teeth and high-dollar athletic shoes, you can afford to pay for your own healthcare.
commented 2017-07-19 14:06:00 -0400
Great video. President Trump letting the Obamacare program implode before trying to do anything more is wise.
commented 2017-07-19 13:30:23 -0400
Excellent video. Too bad socialists are incapable of grasping this fundamental concept.