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.”The countries they listed were:
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:
1. Hong Kong
4. New Zealand
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.