2013 Symposium: Is There A Country That Had A National Health Programme That Actually Works Efficiently?

Cartwright:  No.  Any national run health programme suffers from vast inefficiencies and healthcare rationing.  The National Health Service in Great Britain has long been plagued by problems like lack of doctors and long wait times to see a doctor.  What happened?  People got tired and started finding private insurors and private doctors.  Did it cost more?  Yes.  Did they get better treatment?  Yes.  Was it more efficient for the patients?  Yes.  Take a look at Canada as another example.  If you’re old and you get sick, you’re not going to get the same level of treatment and care as someone half your age.  They figure you’ve lived long enough, so why bother spending money to keep you alive a few more years.  So, the death panels decide who lives and dies.  This isn’t speculation; this is fact.  I can point to examples of personal friends from Canada who relied on the system and they’re dead.  Is this what we deserve here in America?  No, but it’s what we’ve got now with Obamacare.  Continue reading

2013 Symposium: Healthcare Is Very Important. What Would Be A Way To Get American’s Covered Without Penalizing Them For Not Having Insurance Or Forcing Them To Enrollment In In Government Run Systems?

Cartwright: I don’t think anyone has a problem with paying something for their healthcare. People just don’t want to be raked across the coals when it comes to paying for healthcare. Competition is the best way to drive down prices. If insurers could compete across state lines, would premiums drop? Yes. If the federal government offered its own coverage that competed with private insurers as an insurer of last resort, would premiums drop? In all likelihood, yes. Continue reading

2013 Symposium: Should The Congress Repeal Obamacare?

Cartwright:  Yes.  Obamacare should be repealed.  However, there are parts of the law that a lot of people like such as keeping kids on their parents insurance until they’re 26 and ensuring that insurers don’t turn you down because of a preexisting condition.  Let’s repeal Obamacare but keep parts of the law that people generally agree with when we craft something new.  What’s going to create downward pressure on healthcare costs if we do repeal Obamacare?  Competition and tort reform.   Continue reading

Top Problems Plaguing America by Digger Cartwright

America is in crisis.  We are a nation in decline as a result of society’s own hedonism, greed, and self destruction.  Our problems are rooted not only in our dysfunctional political system but in the dysfunctional state of society itself, both of which have become increasingly more dysfunctional over the last decade.  Americans’ perceptions of our problems are divided along political lines, which tends to cloud the judgment of individuals and take the discussion away from the cause of the political problems to a debate over political ideology.  Each and every American shares part of the blame for the problems plaguing our nation, and if we don’t address the problems individually, as a society, and as a nation, they will continue to grow and like a cancer consume our health and vitality, eventually killing the foundation upon which our nation was established and the foundations of our society. Continue reading

Should We Clone Humans For Organs?

From Thinking Outside The Boxe’s Sydney Correspondent: For many years humans have been fascinated with the idea of creating new life. In fact Frankenstein (introduced by Mary Shelley in the eponymously titled book) was first published in 1818. This demonstrates just how old this fascination is. “Dolly” the sheep was the first mammal cloned from a single cell. She was cloned by Scottish scientists and lived from 1996 – 2003. Continue reading

Are the Lives of All Humans Equally Valuable?

From Thinking Outside the Boxe’s Sydney Correspondent

Before I begin, it is important to point out that this article will not be an analysis of the arguments put forward by the controversial ethicist Peter Singer. As such I am in no way arguing that the life of one individual is worth more or less than that of another. Instead, my intention is to look at the evidence that suggests that on a broader basis society does quite often, for a variety of reasons, appear to consider that one person, or group of people is more important and valuable than another. Continue reading

Symposium 2011: Even before Obamacare, the cost of healthcare had been skyrocketing. What do you feel is the cause of the high healthcare costs? If Obamacare were to be repealed, what solutions do you feel would create downward pressure on healthcare costs?

Cartwright: As I recall, we talked about this four or five years ago when I participated in the last symposium, well before the American people had Obamacare shoved down their throats.  This just goes to show how stupid some people in Washington really are.  Medicare has trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities.  It has the capacity to bankrupt America. Obviously, Medicare isn’t working too well.  So, in their infinite wisdom, they decide to force through a massive healthcare bill for everyone else that isn’t going to work any better than Medicare.  It’s disgusting and insulting to the intelligence of the American people. Continue reading

Obamacare vs. the National Health Service

From Thinking Outside the Boxe’s London Correspondent

One of the most controversial bills to pass through Congress in recent years has been Obama’s healthcare reform bill. “Obamacare” has received extensive criticism, both from parties who resent the idea of government intervention in the health care (including the rumors of so-called “Death Panels” that would decide who gets life-saving treatment and who does not) and from those who believe that the bill does not go far enough. Continue reading