Although I’m a James Bond fan, my favorite part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics wasn’t watching 007 escort the Queen to the ceremony, but rather the segment paying tribute to Britain’s National Health Service.
Beyond the musical number starring real life doctors and nurses jitterbugging around as they care for the children in hospital who go to sleep dreaming of villains from beloved British children’s stories before being rescued from their nightmares by Mary Poppins, is a deeper message described on pages A28-29 of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Media Guide:
“This segment honours two of Britain’s greatest achievements: its amazing body of children’s literature and its National Health Service (the NHS)… Almost all the volunteer dancers in this segment work for the NHS. The NHS is the institution which more than any other unites our nation. It was founded just after World War II on Aneurin Bevan’s famous principle, ‘No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.” (bolded emphasis mine)
“The National Health Service (NHS), founded in 1948, provides medicine and treatment to UK residents – the vast majority of which is free at the point of use.”Ensuring that all its residents have healthcare coverage is obviously a source of pride in the UK.
Yet on the other side of the pond, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) continues to be challenged. On Friday a federal judge granted a temporary injunction to Hercules Industries Inc., a Colorado-based heating and cooling company after the Catholic owners of the company filed a lawsuit claiming the healthcare law’s requirement to cover contraception for all employees beginning August 1 violates the owners’ religious beliefs.
This highlights the enslavement of employees to their employer’s whims related to health insurance. Obamacare attempts to standardize healthcare benefits across employers, and the individual insurance market. This allows employees to freely move between employers to seek the best opportunities for their talent. Freedom of employers to hire and fire along with freedom of employees to move between employers is the hallmark of creative destruction. Creative destruction and employee mobility have been the rallying point of all free marketers since the Industrial Revolution.
Which is worse: Being a slave to your employer’s religious whims or being subject to an impartial government’s healthcare regulations? Without Obamacare, the uninsured are subject to the enslavement of religious charities for their survival. (Which is why so many of the uninsured end up filing for bankruptcy.)
Clearly we know where Great Britain stands on this issue!
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