Re: What if the Government Ran the NFL?
Hayek is talking about severe illness or disasters. He's not talking about when you have your appendix or tonsils taken out. 80% to 90% of healthcare deals with non life threatening treatments. I think Hayek would agree with me that socialized medicine is not the way to go.
The government has a responsibility if there is a Hurricane Katrina or an earthquake or some other disaster to step in and give assistance. I also think that the government should assist people who have catastrophic illnesses and don't have insurance.
I think you misunderstand Hayek if you think he wants socialized medicine.
Hayek wrote (The Constitution of Liberty) that government could take the lead in fashioning institutions in the private market – and so if those w/pre-existing conditions are the primary problem, then institutional reform of insurance might be an area where legislators could be involved; however, that doesn’t justify a comprehensive reform of the WHOLE private market, nor the PROHIBITION of private competition (as the U.S. House bill clearly would do on Pg. 16 – though apologists deny this by speaking as if the right to purchase exchange-ready plans is the same as the right for a willing buyer and willing seller of a policy to freely contract).