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Thursday, August 07, 2008

"Doctors care so you don't go bare"

Ms. Thornton writes about "Doctors Care," which sounds like an awesome organization. It helps low income people without health insurance get the medical treatment they need.

It is a non-profit organization, so I assume it depends on voluntary donations - and not tax money - for its survival. (That may be a horrible assumption. If I am wrong, I hope someone will correct me.)

Thompson makes a plea for private donations at the end of her opinion piece. It seems to be a worthy cause.

But I can't help but wonder: If people had a lower tax burden, would they be able to voluntarily donate more to such good causes?

Okay, I don't really wonder. They could.

But people have to give so much to the government, it is harder than it should be to give to private charity.

Private charity is far more efficient than government largesse. There is no incentive for the government to be frugal. Doctors Care has every incentive in the world to be frugal.

Doctors Care passionately believes in a cause. What does the government believe in? Getting home by 5:00?

Yes, there are charitable scams out there. The free market weeds those out. Information kills scams. Do an internet search on a charity, and get some information before you donate.

I know, I know. That puts some responsibility on the person making the donation. It is so much easier to just let the government take care of it.

I am not sure Ms. Thornton understands this. She wrote:

The hospitals, physicians, staff and volunteers who support Doctors Care hope that someday the U.S. will develop a system where people don't have to "go bare," and where Doctors Care will no longer be needed. America's unwieldy, unfair, overly complicated and frustrating health care system has to change. But even optimists doubt that will happen soon.

It seems she wants the government to provide health care so Doctors Care, and charitable organizations like it, do not have to. That is the wrong conclusion.

Get the government completely out of health care, and let Doctors Care, and charitable organizations like it, provide it to those that can not afford it.

"America's unwieldy, unfair, overly complicated and frustrating health care system" is a direct result of government. Doctors Care, and charitable organizations like it, cut through the "unwieldy, unfair, overly complicated and frustrating" red tape.

They get things done.

Instead of wishing for a day when Doctors Care, and charitable organizations like it, are no longer needed to provide health care, I wish for the opposite: a day when the government no longer attempts to provide health care and gets the hell out of the way of the free market and, yes, even charity.

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