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  •  Not intended to be cranky (0+ / 0-)

    Your distinctions are valid, except when you say "state control" the means of production being socialism. This is only true if the people are the state, and that is only true in a well-functioning democracy without corruption. To the degree that the democracy fails or corruption exists, the state control will introduce losses that will replicate the injustice of the profit margin.

    Socialism almost lacks a definition. She's a word who has been with too many partners and is too agreeable.

    Non-profits can introduce horror. This is particularly true to the degree that they are isolated from the workers and users of the field. When an LA, London, or DC non-profit has a set of rules or a hiring standard, then it can ruin everything in the field.

    The Swedish model sets national rationing numbers, more or less, and then funds clinics. The care is not, after all, "free," and there are long waits when the states have conservatives in power who listen to the GOP and repeat their rhetoric. The critical feature, it seems to me, is the local, communally-flexible, but answerable above system.

    [I still say, we have a single payer, full Medicare for all. It's opt-in. On income taxes, the person checks a box, adjusts his or her taxes, and -boom- has Government Plan. Within 5 years, it would be the ONLY insurance out there, except for super caviar snorting plans.]

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 04:15:20 AM PDT

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