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40% successful medical care

Here’s another argument against socialized medicine – whether it’s Hillarycare, “single payer,” universal health care or some other government mandate:

The flu season is getting worse, and U.S. health officials say it’s partly because the flu vaccine doesn’t protect against most of the spreading flu bugs.

The flu shot is a good match for only about 40 percent of this year’s flu viruses, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

THE flu vaccine. THE centrally coordinated, government approved flu vaccine. THE government subsidized flu vaccine. THE flu vaccine with no competition and no hope of any. THE bureaucrat’s flu vaccine, not the market’s.

In a free market, there would likely have been multiple vaccines for different strains, perhaps some vaccines that covered more strains than THE vaccine. Consumers could have chosen which to take or to better their chances with more than one. But the market for the flu vaccine isn’t free. It’s regulated and mandated at one end, subsidized at the other. Any chance of competition is thoroughly smothered.

Socialized medicine means that every drug, every surgery, every vaccination, every examination will be government approved and bureaucratically controlled. Every drug, every surgery, every vaccination, every examination will come with government subsidy and no free market competition. With socialized medicine, 40% is likely to be the standard, rather than the exception and there will be no alternative at any cost.

If you want 40% successful medical care, you want socialized medicine. If you’d like a better shot at living, stick with the free market. Even with only 80% coverage [a pessimistic assumption], the free market outperforms the federal gubmint by 2-to-1.

[tags]socialized medicine,universal health care,Hillary[/tags]

CDC: Flu vaccine matches 40 percent of season’s viruses

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