“We cannot make the Americanization movement a success unless we approach it from the economic standpoint. It is true that governmentally Germany is an autocracy. But there has been a great deal more industrial freedom there than many of our old industrial communities. The German Government says we expect you to work out good results, to get together with the laborer, and yourselves decide what you are going to pay to the doctors who are to pass upon the health of the employes, and the amount of damages any employe merits. The Government insists upon a great amount of self-government by the people themselves.
“I feel that by insistence upon proper housing conditions we shall indirectly approach this. I want to see the immigrant know that he has got to spend a certain amount of his money in decent housing; that he will not be allowed to live on $2.50 per month board basis.
The New York Times. (February 2, 1916) “A Roosevelt Idea Made in Germany.” p. 5.
What we need to learn from this is that we were and are expected to govern ourselves when it comes to selecting medical care and medical costs. What we have done since 100 years ago is give up our responsibility and, without realizing it (yet), our freedom. Freedom to determine the best course of medical treatment for ourselves.
What we have today are the “strong arm tactics” of the insurance industry. Insurance came from the strong arm tactics of protectionism. It evolved from the Sheriff of Nottingham requiring peasants pay him for protection. Of course, there is a certain ironic element of extortion in that!
La Costa Nostra was famous for demanding “payment” in exchange for “protection.” So, today, 100 years later we have given up huge rights (and duties) in our self-government and in our health care. We are being held hostage (extorted) by the health insurance companies!
The insurance companies have spoiled everything! Their policies & procedures have ruined professional practise and limited treatments available. We have the worst health on the planet as a result of the gargantuan health care system the government has regulated into existence. The coming “change” in government rationed health care by committee is going to wreak further havoc upon our health.