The Foundation for Economic Education article gets at something that has bothered me for quite a while. When politicians, speaking to a crowd of people, say that “we” need to do something to “fix” this or that, nobody seems to question the collectivist mindset behind such terminology.
The first-person plural form is not merely a convenience, as in “We’re in for a cold winter.” It indicates that decisions about “the healthcare system” are to be made collectively, with one decision binding everyone.
But why must we do anything about health care? Why can’t you do what you want, I do what I want, and he and she do what they want? Isn’t that what’s supposed to happen in a free society? Reformers would say that costs are rising too much and some people can’t afford insurance. But that is no answer. It tells us only that possibly ameliorable conditions exist, not that collectivism is a good approach.
One-size-fits-all policies have no place in a free society.