Sunday, January 13, 2013

Heritage Releases Report That Shows Freedom Hating Countries Are Less Freedom Hating Than U.S.

You would think that mistakes like this wouldn't be made now that the think tank is under the leadership of Jim DeMint:

Former Senator Jim DeMint, the new president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, has decried Obamacare as “a cancer” that is “is fundamentally inconsistent with liberty.” During the Senate Obamacare fight, DeMint famously declared “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

But a new report from DeMint’s own organization suggests that, far from being incompatible with freedom, countries with health care systems with as much or significantly more government control over healthcare are the freest countries in the world.

The report in question is Heritage’s Economic Freedom Index, released annually since 1997. The report defines the concept of “economic freedom” in misleading right-wing terms, but even by those standards, it appears that universal health care systems far more expansive than Obamacare aren’t “fundamentally inconsistent with liberty.” In fact, the ten “freest” economies in 2013 by Heritage’s lights range from mandating individuals save a certain amount of money for health care to almost the entire health care system, including hospitals, being owned and operated by the government:
The countries they listed were:

1. Hong Kong
2. Singapore
3. Australia
4. New Zealand
5. Switzerland
6. Canada
7. Chile
8. Mauritius
9. Denmark

The U.S. under Obama's oppressive socialist regime comes in at a fairly distant no. 10. If only Obama would learn more from one of the paragons of right wing governments, like Canada.

Once again, I find myself being consistently baffled  at how these clowns release reports like this that would immediately raise one's eyebrow considering how they tend to undermine their own moronic talking points. The most generous excuse I can provide is that the Right will argue that despite these countries having UHC, they are still very right wing in other areas. This would be a fair point....HOWEVER, as we've learned throughout the past four years that there's very, very, very few things that are a worse affront to freedom than the government sticking its nose into people's lives to prevent them from going bankrupt from health costs/dying. (See: here)

Personally, I think health care is a tremendously important thing for a society to have, and I wouldn't mind if the government did a few conservative policies in certain areas of the economy in exchange for UHC.

1 comment:

  1. That's not the point of their publishing this list. The point of publishing this list is to scream "OMG we've had the socialist dictator Obama in charge for four years and we're down to No. 10 in economic FREEDUMZ!!!!"

    No one will consider the points you're making. No one will ask whether we were No. 1 when Obama took office. "Obama as president" = "USA not No. 1" is the only purpose of this report.